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Gabon to deploy more rangers to counter ivory poachers

Ivory poaching in Gabon has reached an alarming rate prompting the need to find alternative mechanisms to cripple the illegal trafficking business.

Forest rangers say the poachers are dangerously armed, any encounter with they them put their lives at risk.

“Our activities have become dangerous, given that, the more we arrests the poachers, the more they become more armed. We do not have enough weapons to counter them,” said Claude Angoue, a ranger from north-east parks.

President Ali Bongo has also vowed to take strict measures on poachers by increasing penalties for culprits. Gabon government will deploy thousands of rangers to counter the daring poachers.