Lakes State to crackdown on illegal poachers

Wildlife authorities in Lakes State on Friday announced they will crack down on illegal poachers in a bid to protect endangered wildlife species.
Maj. Gen Benneth Bojo Nicolas, Director for Wildlife Conservation in Lakes State.

By Mayak Majak Madit Tokjok

Wildlife authorities in Lakes State on Friday announced they will crack down on illegal poachers in a bid to protect endangered wildlife species.

This comes in the aftermath of the national government banning illegal poaching.

The Lakes State Director for Wildlife Conservation, Maj. Gen Benneth Bojo Nicolas, told journalists in Rumbek that the move is aimed at protecting and preserving wildlife species, adding that wildlife is critical in reviving the lucrative tourism sector.

 He cautioned the public to report to the wildlife authority about wild animals that stray into farms.

 “Possession or sale of protected game meat is illegal under the law of South Sudan,” Bojo said.

 Bojo said that they are amending the Wild life Act 2003, to make it easy to punish illegal poachers or people trading in game meat.

Lakes State has the Southern National Park and Chambe Game Park, which are supervised by both the state and national governments.

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