Botswana’s Growing Elephant Population Clashes with Humans

June 27, 2019 01:29 PM
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Botswana recently lifted a four-year moratorium on trophy hunting, amid opposition from conservationists, who argue the move might lead to a decline in wildlife populations. In lifting the ban, authorities cited increasing conflict between humans and wildlife.  Elephants are blamed for destroying crops and, in some instances, killing people. Affected communities have backed the government’s decision to lift the hunting ban, saying the elephant population, estimated at more than 130-thousand, must be reduced.  From Gaborone, Botswana, Mqondisi Dube reports.