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Police in Kasane have confirmed an incident in which a 52-year old Wildlife Officer from Thamaga village died of injuries sustained from an elephant in Kasane over the weekend.
Confirming the incident, Kasane Police Station Commander Superintendent James Maabong revealed that the incident was reported to have occurred around 0400hrs in the morning on the 20th January 2024 at the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP)’s Anti-Poaching Camp.
He said that the incident was reported to the police by the deceased’s colleagues at around 0800hrs in the morning after they found him around his house badly injured. Maabong stated upon receiving the report they rushed to the scene and took the deceased to Kasane Primary Hospital, but he was referred to Nyangabwe Referral Hospital in Francistown where he later passed on.
Maabong noted that upon arrival at the scene they saw some elephant tracks, suggesting the deceased was trampled to death by the animal. DWNP officials later identified the elephant and gunned it down.
According to Maabong during that fateful night, the deceased was accompanied by his other three colleagues coming from late night outings. Upon arrival at the camp, the deceased is said to have waited outside his house attending to a phone call and that is when he encountered the elephant attack while his colleagues had at that time gone inside their houses to sleep.
Maabong said that the incident was the first of its kind in his policing area and advised members of the public to be vigilant and cautions at all times when walking in areas that have overgrown due to the rains.