The ICCN rangers have been engaged in several successful anti-poaching efforts in recent months with three poachers arrested and sent to Bunia for prosecution. Serious challenges persist as incursions by miners and loggers into the Reserve continue, the demand for bush meat remains a pressing concern. Poachers not only engage in snaring smaller game, but recently uncovered evidence indicates increased pressure on okapi and forest elephants.
So far this year the rangers have removed over 430 snares from the forest and arrested several poachers, confiscated 21 pieces of ivory and several guns and evicted hundreds of illegal miners from the Reserve. Many trackers and trap makers were taken into custody and released outside of the boundaries of the OWR. These law enforcement actions are significant by themselves but set against a backdrop of the danger of encountering roving bands of armed militias bent on destroying anyone aligned with authority is truly an amazing achievement.
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