Human-wildlife conflict continues in light of drought: MET

29 May 2019 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET) said the cases of human-wildlife conflict continue to occur across the country, as a result of the prevailing drought.
Speaking to Nampa here on Tuesday, MET spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said from April 2018 to March 2019, 12 people were injured - seven by hippopotamus, three by crocodiles, one from a lion encounter and another from a leopard. Further, 1 246 heads of livestock were lost across the country and over 1 400 hectares of crop fields destroyed by various wild animals, mainly elephants.
“This is the minimum figure, as not all losses are reported, and losses on freehold farms are not available,” Muyunda said.
He said the regions most affected include Kavango East and West, Zambezi, Kunene, Erongo, Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena, Khomas, Otjozondjupa and Hardap, adding that the government has put in place measures to mitigate the situation.
“With the rise of human wildlife conflict cases, the ministry will, among others, provide water to humans and animals, translocate back to parks or destroy problem-causing animals including snakes, elephants and rhinos,” Muyunda said, noting they will also raise awareness.
He said people should always be alert whenever moving on foot, particularly in areas with dangerous animals.