Human-Wildlife Conflict: Pregnant Woman Lose Life To Elephants:
In a tragic development, another human-wildlife conflict was recorded this week after an elephant reportedly killed a pregnant woman in Muzarabani.
According to a report by a local publication Pindula News, the tragic incident was revealed by Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Tinashe Farawo who shared the unfortunate news in a tweet that said:
It is with great sadness that a 37year old pregnant woman was killed by an elephant in Muzarabani District. @Zimparks rangers from Nyamaneche on the ground tracking the problem elephant.
In other news, Pindula News also reported other incidents of Elephants that are terrorizing Beitbridge residents.
According to Beitbridge East legislator Albert Nguluvhe, the elephants and their activities in the region are threatening the area’s number harvest:
To tell you the truth, it is going to affect the good harvests we were expecting this season. I think it is high time a permanent solution is found
Why not push them back to the national game parks like Gonarazhou? These elephants don’t add any value to the people in my constituency. No hunters or tourists come to watch them. Instead they have brought destruction and fear to the people.
A district development committee said if the jumbos are not stopped they will totally wipe out residents and villager’s crops:
There are several areas where the presence of these animals has been reported. They will completely destroy crops.
Beitbridge was expecting a bumper harvest due to the rains received this year. Meanwhile, in the Lesanth area villagers are complaining about lions that are killing their livestock.
Zimbabwe is battling an elephant overpopulation, at some point last year Zimbabwe had an elephant population of 88 000 against the country’s carrying capacity of 55 000 which according to authorities increases the chances of human and wildlife interactions which can be dangerous.