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GPS Tracking Device Proves Elephant’s Innocence

GPS System Records “Crime” In Kenya

Long suspected of raiding and consuming poor villagers fields that is their livelihood, Mountain Bull had no friends among the locals in the region of Kenya where he wandered and lived. Elephants, and more particularly Mountain Bull, were long suspected of coming into the area inhabited by local villagers and eating up vegetation that was vital to their survival. After 2 years the situation reached a boiling point when Kenyan Wildlife Services ordered Mountain Bull to be killed for his alleged consistent consumption of resources. When the kill order was released biologists were up in arms because Mountain Bull and 20 other elephants in the area were part of a research project involving the use of GPS tracking devices. The biologists, determined to save Mountain Bull, went out to prove the elephant’s innocence by reviewing the GPS tracking system data.

Biologists were using GPS tracking devices to monitor the movements of a small sample size of elephants. Lain Douglas-Hamilton, a biologist working for Save the Elephants, explained that nearly 90% of the elephant population went away from the mid-1970s to the late 1980s because of hunting and an inability for people and animals to co-exist. The team of biologists monitoring the elephants did not want Mountain Bull to become part of the elephant statistics and decided they would prove his case by showing Kenyan Wildlife Services the GPS tracking system data that was recording his every move.

GPS Tracking System Data Revealed

When the team of biologists reviewed the GPS data logger data the GPS system showed that Mountain Bull had only been in the villager’s fields once in the last 2 years. Unfortunately, that one time was the most recent time, or the straw that broke the camel’s back. The team also reviewed the GPS tracking data from the other elephants, which showed that some of them were the real habitual offenders.

After the team showed the GPS tracking data to Kenyan Wildlife authorities they chose to spare the Mountain Bull’s life. However, they were insistent on capturing and putting down the elephants who were destroying the villager’s fields. A member speaking on behalf of the team of biologists stated that the other elephants will probably face punishment for their crimes.

GPS Tracking Opinion

The number of incidents of elephants eating up poor villager land is on the rise. Is their a solution?

Should we be concerned if elephant populations become extinct?

Can GPS tracking systems provide an answer to the situation?

Source: USAToday