lion.jpgLions said to be moving in groups of between 5 and 10 have invaded Gwayi Resettlement Scheme in Lupane District, Matabeleland North Province.

 

According to villagers who say they are now living in fear, the lions are believed to have strayed from the Hwange National Park.

 

At Mazvi village, under chief Mabhikwa, the lions killed 18 goats, a donkey and one cow in one night.

 

One night the lions are reported to have slept at Mazvi Primary School and were spotted by teachers the following morning, a few metres from their houses.

 

The villagers have however reported the lions to the department of National Parks and Wildlife Management.

 

In March this year, the authority said it would hunt old female lions in the next hunting quota as the old beasts, which are too old to hunt, target mainly humans and domestic animals.

 

The decision to include old female lions in all hunting quotas was made after five people were killed in Kanyemba on the border with Zambia and Mozambique.

 

At a meeting held between the Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, chiefs and villagers, people agreed that female lions should be included in the hunting quota considering that research has revealed that the problem lions are old female lions which target domestic animals and humans as they are too old to hunt.

 

The five people who were killed by lions in Kanyemba in early March came 65 years after such incidences as the last known attack by lions in the area was in 1945.

 

Before the latest attack the area had been the country’s ideal example of the co-existence between humans and wildlife.