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10 February 2015 | Short News

Animals die from wire snare traps As Namibia battles an increase in rhino and elephant poaching, the focus has fallen on the use of wire snare traps for animals, especially in wildlife havens like the Etosha National Park. Chief Warden Rehabeam Erckie from the Directorate of Regional Services and Park Management in the Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) last month sounded the alarm about 11 animals that were found dead in wire snares at the Etosha National Park in 2014 alone. He raised this concern in January in a report titled ‘Snare Poaching and Predators Entering Resorts Inside the Etosha National Park’. “From experience, we have learnt that residents kill game to eat and sell in order to get money. It is suspected that park residents set up wire snares,” he said. Alleged strangler arrested The man, who allegedly strangled his 22-year-old girlfriend at a house at the Omafo settlement in the Ohangwena Region last Friday, has been arrested. Ohangwena police spokesperson Sergeant Abner Kaume Itumba confirmed the arrest of the 32-year-old suspect. The suspected killer was arrested on Monday at a village in southern Angola, where he had been hiding since he committed the alleged offence. According to Itumba, members of the Angolan police conducted a joint operation with their Namibian counterparts. The suspect is now in Namibian custody after the Angolan authorities deported him and handed him over at Oshikango. Reports by Nampa

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