A middle-aged man was killed by an elephant at a pan in Kazungula, Chobe region in the northern part of Botswana apparently on Thursday.

A local police officer Thari Senwelo stated in an interview on Friday that the man was discovered on Friday morning and it is suspected that the incident might have occurred in the night of Sept. 5.

His exact age is not known, Senwelo stated.

It is also not known whether he is a Motswana or from the neighboring countries since the incident happened near the Zambian border.

This is the third death caused by elephants this year in the Kazungula police jurisdiction and the 80th in the Chobe region.

Botswana has a population of 2.2 million people and an elephant population of 134, 000, only 30 percent of which live within the wildlife protected areas.

This means that some of these animals find their way into human settlement causing havoc and killing people in the process.

As such, many people die annually at the hands of animals such as elephants and buffaloes while farmers lose their livestock to predators.

Meanwhile, the police have asked the community to be cautious because the animals are roaming around in search of water as some points have dried up due to this season’s dry spell.

Botswana government has recently lifted a hunting ban and subsequently announced the opening of the hunting season on Aug. 28 in a bid to control animal population and ensure that the citizens economically benefit from the abundance of wildlife in the country. Enditem

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