Authorities in Africa are reporting that poachers have begun using the tactic of poisoning watering holes in at least five national parks. The result? At least 21 animals have died--including lions, elephants and others. The poison is being unofficially referred to as "Two Step," because the animals take only a few steps after consumption and then die.
Caroline Washaya-Moyo of Zimbabwe's Parks and Wildlife Authority says that the poisoning of popular water holes is a new technique for poachers--one that doesn't involve the noise or commotion of shooting or trapping.
But, there's a danger to humans as well. Anyone who drinks the water or eats the meat of a poisoned animal is also at risk. As a result, authorities are urging locals, tourists and rangers to carry their own water.