According to a press released by Conservation Justice, an anti-poaching mission has achieved significant results with many seizures. Presented to the prosecutor, they were destroyed.
Following multiple reports of poaching during the year-end period and the gruesome discovery of an elephant without tusks on December 26th on the sand banks of the river M’Passa not far from the village Kessala, the Director of Forestry for the province of the Haut-Ogooué Lucien Massoukou, prescribed a mission to fight against poaching from the 29th to the 31st December 2014, a mission supervised by the head of the departmental service of the Plateaux, Kakoua Atsima.
According to this organization for the protection of biodiversity, actions were supported in various ways by partners such as the Batéké Plateau National Park, the Lékédi Park, gendarmerie brigades in Okondja, Andjogo, Bakoumba and Mounana the CEB Precious Woods societies, Rougier Gabon, as well as non-governmental organizations Conservation Justice and the Gorilla Protection Project.
The seizure included game, firearms, ammunition and remains fully protected animal species. A total of 11 firearms there are 80 ammunition, 12 bush pigs, pangolins, chevrotains, 34 duikers, porcupines and monkeys and an elephant carcass.
To accomplish this mission, five teams of at least five people (agents of Waters and Forests, eco-guards and police officers) were mobilized. Patrols, surveillance in fixed or mobile units were the procedure. All entries were exhibited and presented to the prosecutor at the court in Franceville who ordered their destruction in the municipal waste Franceville in the presence of police.
According to the Gabonese forestry code, they face imprisonment of three to six months and a fine of 100,000 to 1,000,000 CFA.