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Botswana’s Elephants Are a Hot-Button Issue

The government weighs lifting a hunting ban ahead of elections in October
An expedition camp in the Okavango Delta

Proceedings had barely begun at a recent summit in Kasane, Botswana, to discuss its huge elephant population, when a man returning home from an evening out with friends encountered a herd and was trampled to death. His grieving father told a local paper he now hates the animals that gather in the northeastern corner of the country. “I used to like elephants,” he said, but “they did a cruel thing to me.”

For Botswana, elephants are becoming a dilemma. The government wants to lift a ban on hunting wildlife because the pachyderms are

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