As poaching continues to cause havoc in the country, law enforcement agencies are on a man-hunt for perpetrators who shot a highly protected creature, the white rhino, at Nxaraga settlement near Maun.
Reports from Maun say that a white rhino that escaped from its protected area was shot dead by poachers.
Some are questioning the circumstances that led to the shooting of the animal, which suggests that it could be an inside job by some security personnel.
“We are investigating an incident in which a white rhino was killed and its horn was removed last week Thursday,” Superintendent Kenny Badumetse of Maun police station told The Telegraph on Monday.
He said its carcass was found at Nxaraga settlement, about forty kilometers from Maun where the incident occurred.
Although Badumetse was rather cagy with information, he indicated that investigations were still under way to establish the circumstances that led to the shooting of the rhino.
He said that, as the police, they strongly believe that the rhino might have being shot by the locals.
“This is a highly protected animal and, as police, we wonder how the rhino managed to go out from its protected territory.”
He further stated that so far no culprits had been arrested in connection with the incident.
Saying that poaching in his area is of concern, he appealed to the members of the public to assist the information that could lead them to the arrest of the perpetrators.
Late Monday information indicated that intelligence officers had busted a syndicate that had killed the rhino.