Poacher injured during shootout

A rhino poacher was wounded during a shootout with rangers at the Kruger National Park.

Sniffer dogs, working with rangers at the Kruger National Park to hunt for rhino poachers. Picture: Laura Clancy/Primedia Broadcasting

JOHANNESBURG - A rhino poacher has been wounded in a shootout with rangers in the Pretoriuskop section of the Kruger National Park.

Three poachers were confronted by rangers on Tuesday night which led to a shootout after which two poachers were caught and the third managed to escape.

SANPark's Ike Phaahla said, "A rifle, ammunition and an axe were found in their possession. The third suspect unfortunately managed to escape."

The two men will appear in court on Thursday.

Over 200 rhino have been poached since the beginning of 2013.

On Monday, three men appeared in court in KwaZulu-Natal for rhino poaching.

The trio was arrested last week in the Nisela Nature Reserve after an unlicensed firearm and 10 rounds of ammunition were found in their vehicle.

At least 668 rhino were poached throughout the country during 2012.