Lions kill 32 goats, 8 cat­tle in two weeks

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

“Peo­ple are threat­ened with poverty as live­stock is their source of wealth. Vil­lagers here de­pend on cat­tle rear­ing as com­pared to crop grow­ing.

“Although this is a com­mon oc­cur­rence as it hap­pens ev­ery year, this time the lions have come in full force, killing seven to 12 goats in one kraal on a sin­gle night,” he said.

“One vil­lager lost 12 goats in one night while the other lost seven goats over the week­end. The Na­tional Parks and Camp­fire rangers came to the vil­lage, and in about three days that they were pa­trolling around, not a sin­gle lion was seen but as soon as they re­turned to Binga, the lions were spot­ted again.”

Chief Si­nansen­gwe said peo­ple in Si­nansen­gwe ward were now liv­ing in fear of the lions.

“We’ve done the best we can to drive wildlife out of our vil­lages to safe­guard hu­man life as well as that of our live­stock. How­ever, lions have al­ways been prob­lem­atic in our wards es­pe­cially in win­ter when peo­ple don’t drive cat­tle into the bushes,” said the chief.

“This time the lions are killing in larger num­bers. We’re won­der­ing if we’ll re­main with any live­stock un­less Na­tional Parks in­ter­venes.”

Vil­lagers said they were ap­peal­ing to the Zim­babwe Na­tional Parks and Wildlife Author­ity as well as to Binga Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil to as­sist them deal with the wild an­i­mals be­fore hu­man lives are lost.—@win­nie_­masara.

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