Dark Clouds Loom Over Botswana’s International Image As Mike Chase Submits Long-awaited Report

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    Dark Clouds Loom Over Botswana’s International Image As Mike Chase Submits Long-awaited Report


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    Botswana Government was this week bracing itself for a renewed round of negative publicity as well as likely international fallout from a consultancy Report by the controversial scientist Mike Chase who has recently submitted his elephant study in Botswana to Government.

    Late last year Botswana Government had figures burnt after a slew of international publicity alleging that hundreds of elephants had been killed by poachers.

    The reports were later proved to be false as some of the carcasses had long died including from natural causes like disease, old age and thirst. Yet others had been poached.

    Dr Chase’s submission of the Report to the Department of Wildlife came with an attached health- warning, advising Government that they had seven days within which to pour through the Report before he made it public.

    Government protests did not sway Dr Chase from passing the Report to a third party.

    By Monday morning BBC World News had already accessed snippets of the Report. And had started quizzing Botswana Government on some of the findings of the Report, including alleged spike in poaching which the Report attributes to a decision by Government to take away some arms from the Anti-Poaching Unit of the Department of Wildlife.

    Even before Government officials had read the Report, the BBC Johannesburg Bureau had already asked for an interview with President Mokgweetsi Masisi among others.

    The Department of Wildlife officials had turned down requests for interviews on the basis that the Report had only just been submitted, and that other key leaders in Government were yet to see it.


    Minister responsible for wildlife Kitso Mokaila confirmed that the Report by Chase had been submitted with officials.

    He said the official position was to submit it to peer-review before its made public.

    The peer review will test such matters like methodology, findings and recommendations.

    Dr Chase had also taken the BBC crew to Botswana’s northern tourism enclave where they had been shown carcasses of dead elephants ostensibly as proof that under Mokgweetsi Masisi Botswana was failing and going back on its traditional conservation efforts.

    This has already rubbed Botswana Government the wrong way.

    At least two officials with close knowledge of events have told The Telegraph that Botswana Government is ready to defend itself and its conservation credentials, notwithstanding Dr Chase findings.

    The officials said will not be caught flatfooted as was the case when Mike Chase first broke what turned to be a false alarm last year that scores of elephants had been poached.
     
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    Sensationalism at its best.
     
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    I thought Botswana was going to reopen elephant hunting.
     
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    They will...
     
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    What the hell happened to sensible logical approach to conservation. The world has gone absolutely MAD!
     
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    Isn’t it true that the numbers of elephant have increased in Botswana?
     
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    i believe the numbers poached has increased.
     
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    Elephants are causing massive problems for communities. Word around DSC was that elephant only, would probably open later this year. There may be a short season followed by a full season next year.
     
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    Absolutely.

    There are way too many elephants for the carrying capacity and they are destroying a lot of the natural environment which is impacting the other animals in the ecosystem.

    The number of humans killed by elephant as well as damage not only to infrastructure but also to crops and livelihood has increased drastically.

    The cost to government has also increased due to compensation.

    The Kruger park has the same problem regarding damage to the environment. The total number of elephants in Kruger is estimated at 20 000 the carrying capacity is maximum 6000 so more than three times what it should be....

    Botswana latest census suggest 237 000 elephant another source puts that figure at 270-300 000!!!!!
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    The number of elephants poached are insignificant when looking at the total number of far over 200 000!!!

    Elephants without Borders claimed 87 elephant where poached.

    After investigation 19 elephant carcasses where found of which only where found to have been poached the rest died of natural causes and/or due to over population.

    A total of 63 elephants have died this year in the whole country with most dying of natural causes.

    In 2017 the total number of elephants that have died was 81.

    The Wildlife department has confirmed that poaching has not increased.

    Peanuts compared to the total..

    “There’s no question that poaching is going on in Botswana,” said Kathleen Alexander, a wildlife conservation professor at Virginia Tech University, who has been working in the country for more than 30 years. “But it’s clear that the allegations of scale are imagined.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/28/world/africa/botswana-elephants-poaching.html
     
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    I was absolutely aware of the Kruger numbers as that is the area where I took my bull in 2015. I had never heard a number so large for Botswana. Amazing.
     
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    OPEN IT UP TO IMPORTATION! GEZZZZ. The numbers show it!
     
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    by the time any or all of this crap is ever settled ill be on the mantel in a sealed urn re living all of my wife and my hunting experiences before the antis took over.
     

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    Botswana is an ecolgical disaster. All of the countries of Southern Africa have more elephants than in history. Every hunter should get 2 cull elephants on every hunt and that still would not help enough. Mismanagement on an epic scale!
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    We are rapidly approaching an inflection point on Earth: where all mammal population control is based upon emotion and not science............Botswana has shot itself in the foot............difficult to back track.................FWB
     
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    i believe we are mammals,better get our act together.
     
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    Couldn't agree more. Backtracking is incredibly difficult. The antis will bring everything they have to bear on any country that even remotely considers the question of re-opening hunting, especially elephant. Not only threats of tourism boycotts (which might actually be real - I have no doubt many photo safari people would change their plans), but also "positive inducements", which anyone who has spent any time in Africa understands. Science and good management has very little, if anything, to do with this.

    I will be interested to see if Botswana has the "cojones" to take this step.
     
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