By Lauren Anthony
Three suspected rhino poachers were arrested in connection with the killing and the possible wounding of another rhino in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park this weekend.
The men were set to appear in the Mtubatuba Magistrate’s Court today after a female white rhino was killed and de-horned on Saturday in Mehlemamba, in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal.
Spokesman for Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Musa Mntambo, said rangers heard gunshots and discovered the rhino and several spent .458 cartridges.
The suspects were arrested at their home in Mfekayi near Mtubatuba after a tip-off. A .458 rifle, nine rounds and an axe were recovered.
The Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs said the men confirmed they had shot at and possibly missed another rhino.
“There was no blood trail but they might have shot and wounded the rhino,” Mntambo said.
“A helicopter will be used to search for the rhino but as yet, it hasn’t been found.”
Investigations at the scene revealed footprints left by the poachers which could be linked to other rhino poaching incidents in the area. More....