Illegal hunters kill 2 Liberia forestry staff after arrests

Jonathan Paye-Layleh (AP)

Stock Photo – Traditional hunters “Dozo” stand with their weapons at Sioblo-Oula village, in the western Tai area near Ivory Coast’s border with Liberia, …

A mob of people killed two forestry staffers who had arrested about 20 people for hunting illegally in Liberia’s Sarpo National Park, authorities said Monday.

The two forestry rangers on Thursday found a new base set up by illegal hunters and arrested 20 of them in the protected rainforest park which covers more than 100 hectares (247 acres) in Liberia’s southeast, said Forestry Development Authority managing director Darlington Tuagben.

A mob of community members who support illegal hunting then attacked, killing the two forestry staffers, said Tuagben.

“They ambushed them, using single-barrel shot guns,” machetes and sticks, he said.

Tuagben said that rangers monitoring and protecting the park do not even carry pistols. The poachers mainly target deer and monkeys, which are eaten. Animals in the national park though are protected, including elephants, hippos and chimpanzees.

The two rangers’ bodies had been retrieved by Monday morning and taken to Greenville, he said.

Police spokesman Sam Collins told state radio Monday they were investigating the incident.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.