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They’ve herd enough: Call for cull as Botswana ellies and people face off

Struggle for resources results in bitter interspecies conflict that has claimed dozens of human and elephant lives

Roland Oliphant

Nobody saw exactly what happened in the seconds leading up to Cappie Shamakuni’s death, but a police report in the days after likened his injuries to that of a lynching.

The 55-year-old self-employed handyman had been walking to his home in Kasane, northeastern Botswana, when he met a herd of elephants that had wandered into town seeking food and water.

Both his legs were broken just above the ankle. His liver was crushed and his ribs broken, indicating he was finally killed by being stamped on...

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