(Xinhua) -- Authorities in southern
Tanzania have shot and killed one of the four lions strayed from
the Selous Game Reserve, one of the world’s largest faunal
Poroleti Mgema, Acting Songea District
Commissioner confirmed on Saturday that the killed lion is one
of the four strayed from their natural habitats.
He said that in separate incidents between February 21 and
27, this year, the strayed lions have killed 22 cattle.
"We have dispatched wildlife officers and rangers into the
affected village to try chase the remaining predators into their
sanctuaries for people’s safety," the official said, noting: "If
these predators are left unattended they will also pose a
serious threat to human beings as lions in this parts of
Tanzania are unfriendly to people."
Mgema said the lion was shot by wildlife officials from
Madaba District Council and those from the anti-poaching unit in
the southern zone after the public raised alarm when the
predator was spotted roaming in the area.
Igalusenga is one of the highly affected villages in the
Reports from the Igalusenga village said that since February
21, this year people in the area have been living in fear after
four lions stormed their areas.
Method Mwenda, a resident of Igalusenga village said on
February 21, they discovered that 17 cattle were killed.
Philibert Mlelwa also said that on February 27, three cows
were killed by the strayed lions.
Tanzania is believed to have the highest number of lions in
Hyenas wreak havoc in
ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Villagers in Tanzania’s northern region of
Simiyu have raised alarm over marauding hyenas that have been
killing their livestock for the past three months, authorities
The wild animals from the nearby Maswa Game Reserve located
near Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area
are targeting cattle and goats.
Sylas Ngeleja, one of the villagers in Mwabuli village,
Kishapu District said:
"Our economy and source of livelihood here depends on
livestock production but now that is under threat from the
The 65-year-old man said on Friday night at around 2 a.m.
local time, when a group of hyenas stormed his home with the aim
of snatching goats.
The hyenas normally pounce on the livestock at night.
"They killed one goat in my home. I screamed to ask for help
from neighbors who responded and we fought with the animals,
though I was injured in my left arm," the herder said, adding:
"We managed to chase them away that night."
Boniface Butondo, one of the local leaders in the area, said
that their livestock was in danger of being wiped out if the
issue was not addressed urgently.
Butondo, who is a ward councilor in Lagana said that the
situation is worsening in the area, as hyenas start roaming
around the villages.
"Worse enough, hyenas have been attacking people," he said,
adding that there are more than 10 reports per month of
livestock being attacked by the hyenas.
Nyabaganga Taraba, Kishapu District Commissioner said that he
was aware of the challenge.
"We are engaging the relevant authorities so that we find a
solution to this problem before we lose a lot of livestock,"