A man checks on a car­cass of an eland re­cently killed by prowl­ing lions in Vumba.

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Abel Zhakata Se­nior Re­porter

A PRIDE of stray lions has put vil­lagers in Lower Vumba in panic mode with re­ports that the preda­tors were yes­ter­day (Thurs­day) spot­ted at two home­steads in the tourist re­sort area, putting hu­mans and live­stock in dan­ger.

The lions came from Mozam­bique where they were said to have left a trail of de­struc­tion af­ter killing cat­tle and goats.

A se­nior war­den of­fi­cer with the De­part­ment of Parks and Wildlife Mr Mub­vanyika said they were car­ry­ing out aware­ness cam­paigns in the area to in­form vil­lagers of the im­mi­nent dan­ger.

He said some of his of­fi­cers were track­ing the lions for pos­si­ble re­lo­ca­tion to the Save Con­ser­vancy when cap­tured.

“We are cur­rently do­ing aware­ness cam­paigns in the area. I have just vis­ited head­man Mutero and the lo­cal coun­cil­lor who have hinted that they will soon con­duct tra­di­tional rites aimed at driv­ing away the lions from the area back to where they came from. The lions have not at­tacked hu­mans but they killed an eland near Leop­ard Rock Ho­tel,” he said.

When The Man­ica Post vis­ited the area yes­ter­day morn­ing, wildlife rangers were busy in­form­ing vil­lagers and tourists of the im­pend­ing dan­ger.

“Apart from talk­ing to peo­ple we are also track­ing the an­i­mals bas­ing on in­for­ma­tion we get from vil­lagers. Some of the vil­lagers said they saw the lions at their home­steads. Yes­ter­day, the lions were spot­ted neat White Horse Inn. We also heard that they were seen at Fall­ing Wa­ters,” said a ranger who re­quested anonymity cit­ing pro­to­col.

The di­rec­tor of White Horse Inn, Mr Frank Marembo, said one of his work­ers saw the preda­tors.

“I quickly called the wild life rangers who came and camped here. They tracked the an­i­mals but they found noth­ing. We re­cently pur­chased sheep and cat­tle and th­ese lion re­ports put us in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion. Our live­stock is in dan­ger and we hope that they will be cap­tured and re­lo­cated to a game park,” he said.

An uniden­ti­fied man checks on a car­cass of an eland killed re­cently by prowl­ing lions in Vumba

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