The elephants had been shot each year since the 1960s to hold down their rapid population growth. Meanwhile, animal lovers overseas argued there was no justification and the slaughter severely traumatised the huge mammals. Now the board is reviewing its policies, trying to decide whether a population higher than the park's 8,000 animals is sustainable and whether taking elephants to other reserves, using different land management methods, or even contraception for female elephants can help.
The review continues, but at a meeting with representatives of local communities, the board's head of research, Dr Anthony Martin-Hall, said culling must remain an option.
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