By Hileni Nembwaya
MINISTRY of Environment and Tourism spokesperson, Romeo Muyunda, has blamed farmers for being reckless with their livestock, which was leading to an increase in lion attacks on domesticated animals.
Muyunda told Confidente that many farmers are not doing enough to protect their livestock, as many of the animals attacked by fierce lions in recent weeks, were killed while roaming outside their kraals.
So far more than 20 cattle have been killed by marauding lions, in the Omutambowomawe area of Omusati.“Farmers are not doing enough to protect their livestock, and as much as the ministry is seeking alternatives to reduce human-wildlife conflict, the farmers should also take care of their animals. They should try to put measures in place to avoid such incidents,” said Muyunda.
Out of the six lions reported to be causing havoc in the region, three have been killed by the farmers so far; while the other three have disappeared.
The two lions were shot on 24 April.
The lions are believed to have strayed from the Etosha National Park, which is a mere 7km northwest of Omutambowomawe.
“The other four lions went missing and they cannot be found. However we have dispatched officials there. We do not know if they have returned back to the Etosha National Park or if they are still roaming near villages. The ministry is working hard to protect the communities,” he said.
Community members say they fear for their lives, as a result of the persistent threat posed by these predators.
Muyunda said that wild animals cannot be easily eradicated and that communities should exercise awareness and caution.
The environment ministry has put in place a scheme, which allows farmers to claim an amount of N$1 500 per cattle, as compensation for losses suffered as a result of predation.
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