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Authorities cull one of the four stray lions in southern Tanzania
ARUSHA Tanzania (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 reserves.

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 area.

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 Africa.


Hyenas wreak havoc in northern Tanzania

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 said Saturday.

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 hyenas."

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," Taraba said.



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