Tanzania deploys rangers in human-wildlife conflict areas

Source: Xinhua| 2021-02-04 23:09:52|Editor: huaxia
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DAR ES SALAAM, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said on Thursday the government has started deploying game rangers to the areas which suffer from raids by wild animals.

Majaliwa said the game rangers, through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, have already been deployed to villages in Ruvuma, Simiyu and Mara regions.

He was answering the Member of Parliament for Mwanga constituency, Anania Thadayo, who wanted to know measures being taken by the government to control the wild animals that wreaked havoc in human settlements.

The lawmaker told the National Assembly in the capital Dodoma that attacks by wild animals on human settlements were a thorn in the flesh to humankind in most parts of the country.

"The game rangers will be deployed to all districts that are prone to attacks by the wild animals, especially elephants," Majaliwa told the House.

At the same time, he urged people to stop encroaching on animal corridors to avoid further human-wildlife conflicts.

Majaliwa said the increasing attacks by wild animals to the human settlements were due to a spike in wildlife population in national parks and game reserves following successful anti-poaching campaigns.

Of late, there had been attacks by wild animals on human settlements that stray from national parks and game reserves causing devastating loss of life and property. Enditem