MET grants permission for two elephants to be killed
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) – Two elephants that damaged infrastructure in the Kalkveld area have been identified as problem animals, and have been offered to a trophy hunting company for culling.
Kasamani Kahengombe of Farm Epupa told Nampa on Monday about 40 elephants have been roaming the area.
He said infrastructure such as water points and fences of about 12 farms have been destroyed, and the affected farmers are unhappy with the pace at which the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) is handling the matter.
The ministry’s Chief Public Relations Officer, Romeo Muyunda on Monday told this agency farmers and hunters from Omujeve Hunting Safaris are tracking the two elephants.
“These elephants have caused damage to property and have also been threatening the lives of people, a situation that left the MET with no other choice but to permit these elephants to be culled through trophy hunting,” Muyunda said.
He said an amount of N.dollars 100 000 will be charged for each elephant, with some of the funds to be deposited into the ministry’s Game Product Trust Fund, while the remaining amount will cover the damage suffered by the farmers.
The meat will be donated to schools and needy people in the surrounding communities.