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Three men arrested for illegal hunting – carcasses worth R18 000 confiscated

BY YOLANDA PALEZWENI - APRIL 10, 2017
Three men arrested for illegal hunting – carcasses worth R18 000 confiscated

Police in Port Alfred on Saturday arrested three male suspects, aged between 26 and 57 year-old, for the illegal hunting of endangered wild animals in the Port Alfred area.

According to the police, at 05:00 on Saturday morning, Warrant Officer Tertius Neethling, of the Port Alfred K9 Unit, spotted a red and white Toyota Corolla speeding into Port Alfred from Kenton-on-Sea on the R72.

After pulling it over on the Nico Malan Bridge, the driver pulled the driver and told the police officer that he was late for work, hence he was speeding, said police spokesperson, Captain Mali Govender.

However, police searched the vehicle and found the carcasses of two Bushbuck, one grey duiker and one porcupine with a live dog in the boot.

“The police officer also heard strange sounds coming from a backpack in the boot, on searching the bag, he found a dead spring-hare and a live grey duiker,” she said.

Captain Govender said that police also confiscated a spear and two knives - all blood stained, a spotlight with a large battery and two ropes behind the driver seat.

The three male suspects were arrested on the spot for illegal hunting and eight other additional charges.

The driver was also issued with two warnings by an Inspector from the local SPCA for transporting a live dog in the boot and for allowing the duiker to suffer.

The duiker had to be euthanized by the SPCA.

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