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Botswana may put elephants in cross-hairs as it moves to lift hunting ban

Conservationists estimate the land-locked southern African country to have around 130,000 elephants, close to a third of the continent's population.

REUTERS: ‘Botswana, home to the world’s largest elephant population, may lift a ban on hunting for sport in the face of what the government says is growing conflict between humans and wildlife, a move sure to provoke protest from animal welfare groups. Conservationists estimate the land-locked southern African country to have around 130,000 elephants, close to a third of the continent’s population, but the government says the number is closer to 230,000, causing problems for small-scale farmers…

Botswana’s parliament passed a motion on June 21 to review and reconsider the ban, which was imposed by former president Ian Khama in 2014 after surveys showed declining wildlife populations in the north… “Communities have become very hostile and negative towards wildlife,” said Konstantinos Markus, a member of parliament from the wildlife-rich northwestern part of Botswana… Mike Chase, a scientist with Elephants Without Borders, a conservation organisation, said bringing back trophy hunting would have little impact on the elephant population or crop destruction by the pachyderms’. SOURCE…

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