An Army veteran who served in Afghanistan has moved to Africa in a bid to stop poaching.
Kinessa Johnson from Yelm, Washington State, works for the Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife (VEPAW), training park rangers to catch and detain the wildlife killers.
The organisation was founded by an ex-Marine and is made up of former soldiers who signed up post-9/11.
She joined the group last November after a four-year stint in the services as a weapons instructor and mechanic. She was also deployed for one tour of Afghanistan.
Photos on her Instagram and Facebook of her holding a rifle have been met with criticism online.
However she insists their intention is not to harm anyone and refutes claims she is a ‘poacher hunter’.
She told 11 Alive: ‘Our intention is not to harm anyone; we’re here to train park rangers so they can track and detain poachers and ultimately prevent poaching.
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