Now, the issue of poaching has plagued the animal kingdom for centuries.Β  | 22 Words

A suspected poacher has been trampled to death by elephants in South Africa while fleeing from wildlife rangers, new reports today are claiming.

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Now, the issue of poaching has plagued the animal kingdom for centuries.

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Over time, activities such as poaching and trophy hunting have claimed the lives of millions of wild animals, and it's all in the name of human entertainment.

The animals are often bred in captivity and are released into a fenced-off area where they are cornered and gunned down by hunters.

These animals are actually bred to be hunted...

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And, across Africa, there are hundreds of breeding facilities that churn out thousands of innocent animals to be hunted.

The animals involved are habituated from an early age, often through being hand-reared and bottle-fed, so that they are no longer naturally fearful of people, making them easy targets for a rifle or bow when it comes to the hunt.

This is the main reason that many travel abroad to hunt.

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Because here in the U.S. deer hunting is the most extreme that regulated and legal animal hunting will get. For the big "macho" hunters out there, deers are seen as child's play; many hunters want to take on larger, more dangerous animals to feed their nasty habit.

Though partaking in the sport comes with a hefty price tag.

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Keen hunters have been known to fork out tens of thousands of dollars just to corner an innocent and frightened animal and shoot it dead. What kind of satisfaction they get from it, we will never know.

The average price to hunt a lion in Africa is around $20,000, while an elephant can cost as much as $40,000.

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That makes trophy hunting a booming business. The industry employs ranchers, outfitters, professional hunters, gun manufacturers, and taxidermists alike. People with time, money, and a lack of sanity to ensure the business keeps on giving.

Some hunters try to justify their spending...

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By insisting that they're helping to fund "conservation efforts" with the money that they pay to hunt.

Some hunters even claim to help endangered species with their hunting.

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Back in January 2014, Corey Knowlton from Dallas, bid $350,000 for a permit to hunt and kill a then-endangered black rhino in Namibia. "I felt like from day one it was something benefiting the black rhino," Knowlton told CNN.Β "Being on this hunt, with the amount of criticism it brought and the amount of praise it brought from both sides, I don't think it could have brought more awareness to the black rhino."

And guess what?

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The Black Rhino is now fully extinct, with poaching and hunting being the primary factors to the species' decline.

But this week, karma struck back.

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It has been reported that a poacher has been trampled to death by elephants while out hunting rhinos in South Africa.

Of course, people have had a lot to say over the news...

The man, who has not yet been identified, was killed on Saturday in the southern portion of Kruger National Park, South Africa, where it is thought he was hunting rhinos.

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​Rangers said they discovered a total of 3 suspected poachers after picking up their tracks in the Phabeni region of the park and began chasing them.

The men fled, but one of them was captured after rangers brought in helicopter and dog units to help with the hunt.

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​The captured man then told rangers that he and his accomplices had run into a herd of elephants and their calves while fleeing and that he suspected one man had been killed.

Later, his badly-trampled body was discovered by rangers.

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He was already dead by the time they arrived.

​Managing Executive of the Kruger National Park, Gareth Coleman, said afterward:

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"We are proud of the teamwork and dedication of our Rangers Corp, our aviators, and the K9 unit. It is unfortunate that a life was unnecessarily lost. Only through discipline, teamwork, and tenacity will we be able to help stem the tide of rhino poaching in KNP."

Make sure to stay posted for further updates.