Namibia kills 28 lions, 17 elephants in 2019 to curb human-wildlife conflict

Source: Xinhua| 2020-10-23 00:08:21|Editor: huaxia

WINDHOEK, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Namibia killed 84 problem causing animals in 2019 which included 28 lions and 17 elephants in a bid to curb human-wildlife conflict, official said Thursday.

According to Environment Ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda, the destruction of problem animals is usually the last resort after other interventions have been tried.

"Mitigation measures include provision of separate water sources for human and wildlife; translocation and chasing of problem causing animals from areas inhabited by people," Muyunda said.

According to the official 2019 Environment, Forestry and Tourism Annual Progress Report, human wildlife conflict continued to be one of the most pressing challenges facing the country last year.

The report states that significant damage to infrastructure such as fences, buildings, water tanks, pipes and reservoirs were reported during the period under review while lion, hyena, leopard and wild dog were responsible for the majority of livestock losses, as well as cheetah, crocodile and jackals. Enditem