PROFESSIONAL HUNTER KILLED BY ELEPHANT IN NAMIBIA’S KALKFELD DISTRICT

OTJIWARONGO,A professional hunter from Argentina was attacked and killed by an elephant at Farm Mopane in Namibia's Kalkfeld District over the weekend.

Jose Monzalvez, 46, worked for an oil company in his country and was in Namibia for trophy hunting in the area, the Namibian Police Force spokesperson in Otjozondjupa Region (Province), Maureen Mbeha, confirmed to Nampa Sunday.

Mbeha said the incident occurred at about 4.30 pm on the private farm situated about 70 kilometres northwest of Kalkfeld.

"His close relatives have been informed of his death," she added.

Mbeha said preliminary police investigations indicate that five professional trophy hunters -- three Namibians and two Argentines -- were following a herd of elephants on the farm.

One of the elephants allegedly saw the hunters from a distance and before they could locate a proper spot from where to aim and shoot at the identified elephant they had to kill, the chase started.

The elephant allegedly chased them, aiming for Monzalvez. He was trampled to death.

"The deceased was a professional hunter who had a hunting permit with him," Mbeha said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK