Gbelle Resource Reserve guards continuously get physically assaulted by suspected hunters seemingly with reason of preventing them from poaching in the reserve which is a crime and liable for fine or imprisonment.
The reserve is the second largest natural resource reserve apart from the Mole National park in the newly created Savannah Region in the Northern part of Ghana. Frantic efforts from the state through the Wild Life Division under the Forestry Commission to make the reserve attractive to both foreign and domestic tourist have come with challenges and most challenging being attacks on both game guards and animals in and around the reserve.
Speaking to this news portal, Dr Nana Owusu Ansah the park manager of Gbelle Resource Reserve bemoaned the seeming incessant attacks on the guards detailed at vantage corridors of the reserve and sometimes attacks couple with seizure of the game guards weapons. He was in a haste to have recounted dates of attacks in the year 2016 and with the latest been on 13th April 2020. In his narration, communities such as Welembelle and Vamboi are mostly noted for perpetrating acts of illegalities in the reserve.
There was an intelligence picked on the movement of stray elephants and hence an attempt on the part of his men to protect these animals was met with fierce scuffle resulting in biting of a finger of one the game guard who was later admitted at the Tumu Hospital for treatment.
The park manager recounted several engagements with the hunters association on the need to desist from illegal entry into the reserve. He also added that, hunters and populace were taken through education that, there is always an open season where anyone could visit their outfit for permit to go hunting.
Dr. Nana Owusu Ansah disclosed that,investigations are underway to apprehend those who killed the stray elephants and that culprits will be dealt with accordingly by the laws of the Ghana.
He however ended his interview by sending a word of caution to poachers that, since several pleas have fell on death ears, his outfit will advise themselves and come hard on them.