By Adam Hartman
The Protective Resources Unit (PRU) of the Erongo Police are investigating two incidents of alleged elephant poaching near Khorixas after two carcasses were discovered in the area - one of which the tusks have been removed.
The Namibian understands that one of the dead animals was found nearby a homestead in the Khorixas area. The owner was apparently questioned by wildlife wardens whether he knew about the carcass to which he concurred, apparently stating that he had shot the elephant in self-defence,
Another carcass was discovered a few kilometers away from the first - this time with its tusks removed, raising the suspicion that the elephants were poached.
According to sources in the region who work with elephants, the suspect is apparently known to the police and has been involved in previous incidences of poaching. Whether the two carcasses are linked to the same motive and by the same person remains a matter of further inquiry.
The latest incident has sparked concern though that poachers may have found a 'weak link' in Namibia's conservation area since Damaraland is vast and anyone could come from anywhere and poach the animals without being noticed.
There are currently three main groups of elephants totalling more than 600 in the Ugab, Khorixas and Huab areas respectively.
Elephant and human conflict is quite common in Damaraland, especially during drought when the animals are in search of water and would try and get to it on communal farms and homesteads. There have been several incidences where elephant herds would destroy water points and even dwellings in order to access water. More....