admin | August 29, 2016
Farmers living in the Zambezi region of Namibia are losing cattle to lions. Since June, at least 19 cattle have been killed by lions living in Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana.
Local authorities point to drought and poaching as the reasons behind increased human-wildlife conflict. When poachers kill the lions’ prey, the animals may travel further for food. In addition, drought may be causing farmers to settle in areas closer to the lions’ habitat.
Drought may also be forcing lions to travel further for food or water. Pohamba Shifeta is the Namibian environment minister. He said: “When their habitat is under threat, [the lions] come over to the Namibian side [from Botswana]. Now that the river has dried up, they will definitely cross over. We have tried to translocate the lions before, but they come back because they are enjoying the habitat in Namibia.”
To read the full article, go to: http://www.namibian.com.na/Lions-kill-19-cattle-in-Zambezi/44577/read
Photo credit: Niki Rust