Seems to happen a lot actaully, when you're playing in a private server, Afuaru likes to spawn in the dark, inaccessible areas of the map. Please make it so he and other specials doesn't spawn outisde of the accessible area.
Agreed, poachers are the worst culprit. At least afuaru there's a chance that he might run inside and you can guide him to move further in. Poachers won't ever move and when you have 250%+ item drop rate it hurts.
I can only give you one advice I use: save 100% rage skill and kill Afuaru with one hit.
Even if it is just outside private zone, pets will be able to pick up drop.