Wild animals terrorize Bulilima villagers -The Southern Eye

Wild animals terrorize Bulilima villagers -The Southern Eye

Villagers in Bulilima, Matabeleland South province, live in fear of wild animals that continue to raid their villages in search of food and water.

The drought caused by El Niño is said to have worsened the situation as water sources dried up, forcing animals to invade villages.

Reports indicate that several villagers have lost livestock to wild animals in recent months.

Bulilima Rural District Council chief executive Billiart Mlauzi said local authorities were making efforts to fence the park to prevent wild animals from invading the villages.

“Nothing has been done, especially in the area of ​​fencing, but it is in our plans. We have plans to fence the Bhambadzi area, which is infested with wild animals,” he said.

Mlauzi said they had implemented measures to protect schoolchildren from attacks by wild animals.

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“There are measures to protect children. We have a safari operator on land,” she said.

In April this year, a report revealed that resource constraints are hampering the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority’s efforts to reduce human-wildlife conflict.

It turns out that the Parks Authority has inadequate vehicles and few rangers to deal with stray wildlife that invade human settlements, damage infrastructure and kill people and domestic animals.

According to the Parks Authority, 300 people have died from wild animals from 2019 to date.

In May, Environment, Climate and Wildlife Minister Sithembiso Nyoni told Parliament that the government was in the process of establishing a human-wildlife conflict relief fund.

Nyoni, however, said there will be no compensation for the dead victims.

The Parks Authority has been struggling to compensate victims of wildlife attacks despite the government approving a Human-Wildlife Conflict Relief Fund to compensate victims of human-wildlife conflicts in 2022 .

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