Over 1900 kilograms of “bushmeat” has been seized from poachers in Batoke, Fako Division of the South West Region by a team from the Regional protection unit.
The suspicious content was intercepted in Batoke by a team from the Regional Protection Unit at the South West Regional delegation of Forestry and Wildlife during an operation in the locality under the program for the sustainable management of forest resources.
According to the Regional Delegate for Wildlife, Ikome Delphine about 90 carcases of animals were seized at the Batoke locality which is found within the periphery of the Mount Cameroon National Park.
Amongst the stock were rare and protected species threatened with extinction.
“We found category A animals like the chimpanzee, Category B like the python and a good number of category C such as king rats, porcupine and frutambo. A good number of them are still fresh” the Regional Delegate said.
The suspects were arrested in possession of the confiscated consignment.
“Three suspects were involved in the action. We will continue with our investigations to identify all those involved in the chain of the activity” Ikome Delphine added.
The carcasses of the category A animals were destroyed by incineration by those of category B and C were placed on auction sales in keeping with the provisions of the law.
The operation saw the seizure of dead protected species believed to have bee captured and killed in the Mount Cameroon National Park.
The campaign is part of the program for the sustainable management of natural resources.