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From the Namibian.com


AN ARGENTINIAN hunter was trampled to death by an elephant, while a tourist from Spain died in a road accident on Saturday.

Police yesterday identified the hunter as Jose Monzalvez (46).

Monzalvez was killed at Farm Mopane, about 70 kilometres north-west of Kalkfeld.

According to police, Monzalvez, who had a permit to hunt in Namibia, worked for an oil company.

Otjozondjupa regional police spokesperson warrant officer Maureen Mbeha confirmed the incident to Nampa yesterday.

She said preliminary police investigations indicated that five professional trophy hunters – three Namibians and two Argentines – were following a herd of elephants on the farm.

One of the elephants apparently saw the hunters from a distance, and before they could locate a proper spot from where to shoot the identified elephant they had to kill, the chase started.

The elephant chased them, and caught up with Monzalvez, whom it trampled to death.

Meanwhile, the Spanish tourist (31) died when a bus carrying 23 tourists from Spain and two Zimbabweans rammed into a pick-up that had four French tourists – two men and two women.

Police said the bus, driven by a South African (44), rolled several times. sixteen passengers sustained serious injuries, while nine sustained slight injuries.

The woman is the second tourist to die in a road accident within five days after an Israeli (72) died in hospital on 8 August when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving.

The accident happened near Oshakati, and left three other Israelis with varying degrees of injury.

Last week Wednesday, Omusati police spokesperson warrant officer Linekela Shikongo said an Israeli tourist, Amos Gal (72), who was driving a pick-up vehicle towards Oshakati with three fellow Israeli passengers aged 66, 72 and 73, swerved to avoid hitting a donkey.

He then lost control, resulting in the vehicle overturning.

The four were rushed to the Oshikuku Roman Catholic Hospital a few kilometres away, but Gal succumbed to his injuries upon arrival at the health centre.

Two male suspects, both aged 22, were arrested in Windhoek on Thursday last week when they tried to rob tourists on Thursday on the B1 road.

They are expected to appear in the Windhoek Magistrate's Court today.

Police also recovered eight elephants tusks, one pangolin skin, a hyena skin and 26 objects suspected to be unpolished diamonds at Rundu on Thursday.

Four suspects - three Namibians, aged 38, 45, 43, and a 41-year-old Angolan - were arrested.

They are expected to appear in the Rundu Magistrate's Court today.

The value of the game products was estimated at N$4 million

In another incident, police on Friday recovered three pangolin skins valued at N$30 000 at Rundu from a 22-year-old Angolan and three Namibians aged 41, 48 and 43. – Additional reporting by Nampa
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I hope we get the rest of the story. A very sad situation for sure. I wonder if anyone got a shot off or not? If not why not? The report says the elephant came at them from some distance. Maybe it was a PAC elephant and had been chased before who knows?


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This news of killer elephant reminded me on similar news, but on other continent.

I read an article few days ago, which I found by accident, about a killer elephant being hunted in India, by most famous indian hunter.
PAC animal is not the news, but this caught my interest, as we all now hunting in India is banned.

I investigated the story more deeply on the net, and it seams that the same hunter had initiative recently to open commercial hunting reserve in India.
No further info.

But it brought up some questions:
Possibly the times will change, law may change and some time in the future there will be possibility of hunting in India? Is there such trend?
How Indian hunters learn their trade?
How PAC animals are hunted there?

Anyway, the article about the elephant is here, killed 15 people.

Possibly if the licence to hunt down such animal is more easier sanctioned by authorties, the cost in human lives would be less?


Nawab Shafat Ali Khan said he shot the elephant at point-blank range, but before the animal fell it tried to swing its trunk at the hunting party, forcing him to fire a second time (AFP Photo/-)

India's top hunter told on Saturday how he felled a rogue elephant which had killed 15 people in a series of attacks since March.

Nawab Shafat Ali Khan told AFP he shot the elephant late Friday just hours after being called in by authorities. Saturday was World Elephant Day.

Khan said he shot the elephant at point-blank range, but before the animal fell it tried to swing its trunk at the hunting party, forcing him to fire a second time.

"If we had been hit by his truck it could have been fatal. It was a dangerous operation," Khan said of the hunt in Sahibganj district of the eastern state of Jharkhand.

The marauding elephant, believed to have lost its way after becoming separated from its herd, crushed four victims in Bihar state in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more.

Jharkhand's chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh said the decision to kill the elephant came after a week-long operation to try to tranquilise and capture the animal.

"It was quite a difficult operation because of the thick bushes and since the animal had turned rogue it charged at us before I pulled the trigger," Khan said.

About 100 people including forest officials and villagers took part in the hunt, but Khan said he was the only person authorised to shoot.

The area is inhabited by the Paharia tribe, one of the poorest indigenous tribal communities in India.

Khan, who has carried out 24 previous government-sanctioned hunting missions, said he was baffled by the elephant's behaviour.

"This entire belt is inhabited by native tribal communities who have co-existed with wildlife for centuries, the elephant's behaviour -- that he was literally stalking humans -- is still a mystery," he told AFP.

The sharpshooter was last roped in by authorities in western Maharastra state, where he tranquilised a killer tiger.

"I prefer tranquilising animals. But if it doesn't happen, killing is the last resort," he said.

The environment ministry estimates a human dies every day in India in clashes with endangered animals -- the vast majority crushed by elephants.

Experts say violent encounters between elephants and humans are increasing as forests are cleared for human settlements and industry.

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