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March 29, 2012

Six Poachers Shot and Killed in Kenya, Along With Record Number of Park Rangers

By Chad Love

Note to self: Do not quit day job, move to Kenya and become a poacher.
 
From this story in The Washington Post
 
The Kenya Wildlife Service says its rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers in one of its national parks, the latest in a series of poacher killings. KWS spokesman Paul Udoto said Wednesday the organization has “re-energized” its efforts to stop the poaching of wildlife, especially elephants, who are hunted for their ivory tusks. On Tuesday rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers in Tsavo National Park. Last week rangers shot and killed another three suspected poachers near Mount Kenya.
 
Note to self: Also, do not quit day job, move to Kenya and become a game ranger.

"Udoto says six KWS rangers have died in the line of duty since December, a record high in such a short period. Udoto says the ranger deaths will not be in vain and KWS is determined to make poaching “a high-cost, low-benefit activity.”
 
Coincidentally, freelance writing is also a "high-cost, low-benefit activity," but at least the risk of death is limited to poverty, boredom from lack of activity or terminal carpal tunnel syndrome rather than gunfire.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

From what I've read about the poachers these days, they are pretty well armed. My hats off to those rangers who go after them.

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from bberg7794 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hat's off to the rangers in Africa-I think it would be a difficult job here. It is definitely a very difficult job considering the risk in Africa.

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from MaxPower wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What those park rangers do almost makes you appreciate your desk job.

Things can be hazardous to PH's too. I interned for a state senator who went on safari and while there he and his PH's came upon some poachers and caught them red-handed.

They held the poachers at gunpoint and called the authorities to ask how they should handle the situation. They were told that the closest rangers were 200 miles away, and to go ahead and shoot the poachers, which they did on the spot.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And then there was the guy in the village that worked repairing cell phones and had the cutest young wife that Ranger Bob had always had an eye for. Turns out Bob caught that guy down by the water hole about to poach an elephant, another hits the dust.

Money changers are also known to poach while driving down the road in their Benz'.

Over by the border of Burma about ten or twelve years ago they got to cleaning out drug dealers and they just couldn't stop, so many drug dealers so little time. Turns out any ethnic Hmong or Kareni male was a drug dealer. Which would have been ok except when they started shooting drug dealers over in Isaan too, and then anyone that someone else paid them 20K baht and called a drug dealer, then just anyone that paid them 20K baht.

Back in the winter it got embarrassing when a couple Chinese freighters arrived down at Chang Saen crew-less and all shot up. I saw some of the vids with the shell casing from 5.6 rolling around and then a couple weeks later the bodies started floating to the surface hands still tied, and the Chinese embassy got all bent out of shape and then it turns out it was Chang Saen police. All that meth out of Burma and someone not paying protection, and the big casino at Boten closed the very next day.

Hard to say where things end up once you eliminate courts and stuff.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Max Power are you saying you saw a state senator murder a poacher? Are you BSing or what? What state? What's his name?

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from MaxPower wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Rock Rat, I interned for Sen. Alan Christensen of the Utah State Senate. I was not with him, he related the story to me while I was working for him. He did not pull the trigger (not on the poachers at least), his PH and a tracker did that.

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from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Give the rangers sniper rifles and gilley suites. Poachers will nevewr know what hit them. Shoot them from choppers like ferral hogs!

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from canardnoir wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Kenya is a high-risk area to hunt and photograph, with two of the more recent tourist kidnappings coming out of that area.

On the TV hunts you sometimes see a guy-in-green with an AK trailing behind the PH, client, and trackers.

On any hunt that I would need a bodyguard, I'd just as soon remain stateside...

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from canardnoir wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out!

Then get out before George Clooney and his entourage rolls into town with the UN-Appeal Tour.

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from Moose1980 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

From what I've read about the poachers these days, they are pretty well armed. My hats off to those rangers who go after them.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

And then there was the guy in the village that worked repairing cell phones and had the cutest young wife that Ranger Bob had always had an eye for. Turns out Bob caught that guy down by the water hole about to poach an elephant, another hits the dust.

Money changers are also known to poach while driving down the road in their Benz'.

Over by the border of Burma about ten or twelve years ago they got to cleaning out drug dealers and they just couldn't stop, so many drug dealers so little time. Turns out any ethnic Hmong or Kareni male was a drug dealer. Which would have been ok except when they started shooting drug dealers over in Isaan too, and then anyone that someone else paid them 20K baht and called a drug dealer, then just anyone that paid them 20K baht.

Back in the winter it got embarrassing when a couple Chinese freighters arrived down at Chang Saen crew-less and all shot up. I saw some of the vids with the shell casing from 5.6 rolling around and then a couple weeks later the bodies started floating to the surface hands still tied, and the Chinese embassy got all bent out of shape and then it turns out it was Chang Saen police. All that meth out of Burma and someone not paying protection, and the big casino at Boten closed the very next day.

Hard to say where things end up once you eliminate courts and stuff.

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from MaxPower wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Rock Rat, I interned for Sen. Alan Christensen of the Utah State Senate. I was not with him, he related the story to me while I was working for him. He did not pull the trigger (not on the poachers at least), his PH and a tracker did that.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Trapper Vic wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Give the rangers sniper rifles and gilley suites. Poachers will nevewr know what hit them. Shoot them from choppers like ferral hogs!

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from bberg7794 wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Hat's off to the rangers in Africa-I think it would be a difficult job here. It is definitely a very difficult job considering the risk in Africa.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from MaxPower wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

What those park rangers do almost makes you appreciate your desk job.

Things can be hazardous to PH's too. I interned for a state senator who went on safari and while there he and his PH's came upon some poachers and caught them red-handed.

They held the poachers at gunpoint and called the authorities to ask how they should handle the situation. They were told that the closest rangers were 200 miles away, and to go ahead and shoot the poachers, which they did on the spot.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from canardnoir wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Kenya is a high-risk area to hunt and photograph, with two of the more recent tourist kidnappings coming out of that area.

On the TV hunts you sometimes see a guy-in-green with an AK trailing behind the PH, client, and trackers.

On any hunt that I would need a bodyguard, I'd just as soon remain stateside...

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from canardnoir wrote 2 years 2 weeks ago

Kill 'em all, and let God sort 'em out!

Then get out before George Clooney and his entourage rolls into town with the UN-Appeal Tour.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from rock rat wrote 2 years 3 weeks ago

Max Power are you saying you saw a state senator murder a poacher? Are you BSing or what? What state? What's his name?

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