Vic­to­ria Falls lion pride kills 42 cat­tle, 5 don­keys in 1 month

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Leonard Ncube Vic­to­ria Falls Re­porter

VIL­LAGERS in Monde un­der Chief Mvuthu and Matetsi un­der Chief Shana out­side Vic­to­ria Falls are count­ing their losses after lions killed a com­bined 42 cat­tle and five don­keys this month.

Vil­lagers who spoke to The Chron­i­cle said lions in­vaded vil­lages and were at­tack­ing live­stock even dur­ing the day, some­times in the pres­ence of herd boys in graz­ing ar­eas.

Mr Raphael Dube from BH 25 said 15 cat­tle were killed last week only in six vil­lages un­der Chief Mvuthu.

“Th­ese are con­firmed re­ports only but a lot of peo­ple are los­ing ei­ther cat­tle, goats or don­keys,” said Mr Dube.

He said the worst af­fected vil­lages are BH 26, BH 10, BH 9, BH, 25, BH24, BH 8 while sur­round­ing ar­eas are also un­der­stood to have sim­i­lar prob­lems.

“Cat­tle are suc­cumb­ing to drought and now we have to lose more to lions. Just in the last seven days 15 cat­tle were killed and we are wor­ried be­cause the pride is still around the area. They are even at­tack­ing cat­tle in the pres­ence of herd boys,” said Mr Dube.

He said they had re­ported to the Zim­babwe Parks and Wildlife Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity and Camp­fire but no help had come their way yet.

“They al­ways prom­ise and the prob­lem is now peren­nial as we lose live­stock ev­ery year,” Mr Dube said.

Matetsi Ward 1 Coun­cil­lor Al­der­man Elias Mzamba said in his area 11 cat­tle were killed last week bring­ing the num­ber to 27 since Novem­ber 1.

“The sit­u­a­tion has been se­ri­ous lately and peo­ple are wor­ried. The re­ports we have re­ceived show that 27 cat­tle were killed this month, 11 of them last week in­clud­ing five don­keys,” he said.

Un­like in Mvuthu area, Ald Mzamba said Zim­parks and Camp­fire have been re­spon­sive in the area as a pride of lions was driven into Hwange Na­tional Park from Matetsi Range Farm last week.

“They usu­ally come and scare them away. As we speak last week they scared a pride away from Matetsi Range Farm. Peo­ple are now al­ways alert for fear of los­ing more live­stock,” he said. @ncubeleon

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