Banner Image: Elephants in Toe Town, Grand Gedeh County. The DayLight/Harry Browne

By Emmanuel Sherman

ZEYEAMA CLAN, Lofa County – Two men have been arrested for allegedly killing elephants in Lofa County, the Liberia News Agency (LINA) reported on Monday.   

Big-boy Forkpa and Koikoi Willie are suspected of shooting a pair of elephants in the Wologizi Park in Zeyeama Clan in the Zorzor District not far from the Guinean border.

Peter Freeman, the third suspect, is on the run.

Investigation is currently ongoing to ensure that the perpetrators be punished, said John Flomo, the park’s head warden as per LINA.

The roaming of elephants has been common in recent weeks, with a couple of the large mammals spotted in Grand Gedeh, 192 miles away.

Killing elephants is prohibited under the National Wildlife Conservation and Protected Area Management Law of Liberia. Suspects Forkpa, Willie and Freeman face US$5,000 to US$10,000 in fine or up to four years imprisonment.

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