The licences of two professional hunters has been revoked by the Botswana Government for killing a research elephant.
The nationalities of the hunters were not disclosed by the Botswana government.
A statement by the government reads that both hunters Michael Lee Potter and Kevin Sharp had voluntarily surrendered their hunting licences after they shot and killed the animal.
The elephant, which was shot last month, had been collared – giving it protected status as a research elephant.
Excerpt from a statement by the government said: “The period of the surrender of Mr. Potter’s license is indefinite while Mr. Sharp’s license will be surrendered for a period of three years with immediate effect.”
The government has ordered the hunters whose licences were withdrawn to replace the elephant’s destroyed collar, although they claimed that they never saw the collar placed on the animal indicating that it was a research elephant.
According to an earlier government statement, the hunters said they had not seen the collar because “the elephant was in a full-frontal position.”
“Once the animal was down, they realised it had a collar on it placed for research purposes.”
However the authenticity of their story has been questioned by Neil Fitt from the Kalahari Conservation Society who questioned this while asserting that elephant collars are “extremely large.”