Suddenly reports surfaced of Delta's herd leaving the area, fleeing into the more remote desert where it would be even harder for them to survive. Reports came in from local camp owners that the previously peaceful herd have turned on the human developments, destroying structures on purpose. It was rumored that they were grieving for their fallen family member. Delta was a young bull, about 17 years of age. Delta was killed by Nick Nolte Safaris, who stated, "Get used to it. We are going to kill many more elephants."
As public outrage grew, the battle lines were clearly drawn. On the one side is the pro-hunting fraternity who has a financial interest in the hunting permits remaining available. When all else fails, they play the "you don't live here" card. On the other side are concerned wildlife lovers, conservationists and eco-tourism industries, most of whom can see the value in keeping such a special group of elephants alive.
About a month after the initial outrage, an article was published in which the Namibian MET now changed their story, and confirmed that they had issued nine permits for the killing of these elephants, seven of which were for trophy hunting. The outrage escalated to new heights, and Uahekua Herunga, Minister of Environment and Tourism, responded by telling the Namibian Sun that the international outrage about the hunting of the Desert Elephants is caused by "stupidity," adding that foreign critics do not know how to look after their wildlife. "Let them look after their wildlife in their own country. They have nothing left, now they want to tell us how to look after and utilize our wildlife," said Herunga, siding with the pro-hunters.