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    Default Game shot out - Kaokoland ?

    Has this link been discussed here ?

    http://www.namibian.com.na/indexx.ph...&category_id=1

    The story comes from a very experienced and local source but have those who have visited Kaokoland recently seen evidence of this ? .

    If its true then MET have lost control of their permits and that is dangerous .

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    A very depressing read!
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    I've read. it Not sure how correct it is. Game has increase tremendously over the last 30 years and harvesting does take place from time to time, but not sure how its controlled.

    There is an effort now to look after the rhino's also.

    But this is Africa!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    I've read. it Not sure how correct it is. Game has increase tremendously over the last 30 years ....

    i dont think that applies to elephants though ?. I have visited the area 9 times since 1997 and it was only on the first trip that i saw a herd of 30 or more Desert elephants . Since then only isolated small groups of up to 5 animals . I really hope I am wrong

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    I don't have numbers, but the numbers did increased quit substantial. It is quit dry there so they are wide spread, and mostly in those dry rivers, the only places they can find food.
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    I had a chat to someone who knows a little about what went on there.

    One must remember that its a desert area, and animal numbers recover very quickly during the good years. In the event of a drought (which is most of the time) livestock will take preference.

    So the numbers soared in the times of plenty, and the land will never hold those numbers during normal years. Reducing the numbers was necessary, or they would have died of starvation, and could have even damaged the habitat.

    But we would never have known as they were culled before they were allowed to starve.
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    I cannot comment on the Kaokoland but if the last paragraph regarding the Brandberg is anything to go by then they not representing things correctly. In one day of driving around the Brandberg I saw 30+ Springbok in one herd alone and fair amount of isolated individuals. 15+ Mountain Zebra and I think I saw two herds. 15 Elephants. 5-6 Ostrich, etc. Quite a lot of game considering it was the middle of the dry season and in desert.

    I am sure where there is smoke there is fire but saying animals are on the decline because you did not see much while driving through is not very accurate way of representing things. I went a whole day in the Kruger and only saw Impala...
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    I find it hard to believe. I myself have been involved in harvesting oryx, springbok and ostrich in that region. The numbers permitted to harvest in certain concessions are staggering and are carefully calculated in accordance with the number of animals vis-à-vis the rainfall patterns, amount of vegetation and area of the conservancy.

    The same applies to elephants. I know that in certain conservations, the permitted numbers have decreased from 90 elephants to 40 per concession, but again, those numbers are carefully moderated and calculated.

    I think this piece of journalism speaks more from emotion that from facts, if I have to put it kindly.

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    Default Positive response by conservancies

    Tosco have facilitated a meeting with a large number of conservancies .
    They agree that game counts have dropped but the problem is complex .
    Not least of all drought and management issues . But 9 conservancies have
    agreed to stop shoot and sell practice . A good sign and a commitment to
    improved practices . Attached is the detailed report

    regards,

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