Suspected Rebels Murder Ranger in Congo Park

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 12:21 PM

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS, said Friday that the ranger was fatally shot a day earlier in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in eastern Congo, where many rebel groups operate.

A conservation grouping says suspected rebels in Congo killed a wildlife ranger returning from a mission to track endangered gorillas.

The New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society, or WCS, said Friday that the ranger was fatally shot a day earlier in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in eastern Congo, where many rebel groups operate.

WCS representative Andrew Plumptre says the park guard was killed while investigating a truck that'd been looted and left on the side of a park road.

The Wildlife Conservation Society supports efforts to defend Grauer'south gorillas, the biggest of the different gorilla types, in Kahuzi-Biega park. The gorilla pop is below pressure from illegal hunting and mining action that's shrinking its habitat.

Rangers in other Congolese parks, including Garamba and Virunga, also face threats from armed groups.

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