Rhino and Elephant Poachers Poison Vultures To Keep Them Quiet
Anti-poaching authorities are using every tool at their disposal to help track illegal wildlife criminals including following vultures to recently poached elephants and rhinos. In a horrific turn of events the poachers have discovered this and are now poisoning the carcasses of their victims so that the vultures will die and not continue to reveal their location.
This "leave no witnesses" tactic was recently used in Namibia's Bwabwata National Park where 600 vultures died as a result, reported the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (ICUN). In addition, the birds were in the middle of their breeding season and now many of their orphaned chicks will likely not survive.
“By poisoning carcasses, poachers hope to eradicate vultures from an area where they operate and thereby escape detection,” stated IUCN member Leo Niskanen. “The fact that incidents such as these can be linked to the rampant poaching of elephants in Africa is a serious concern."