The Parks and Wildlife Management Authority has come up with a programme to control problem animals.

The animals will now be captured and moved to areas that are far from the villages where they are causing problems.

Human wildlife conflict cases are prevalent during the agricultural season when wild animals find their way to the villages where they feast on crops.

The conflicts however increase during the dry season as predators injure and kill people and livestock.

The translocation of problem animals will kick off in Hwange before being rolled out in other affected areas throughout the country says Parks and Wildlife Management Authority acting director general, Mr Geoffries Matipano.

“We have put in place a project which has been approved whereby we want to capture problem animals. There are animals such as lions and hyenas which can be mobilised clinically and transported elsewhere, very far from where there are causing problems instead of killing them,” he said.

Chief Mabhikwa confirmed that communities in his area especially those resettled in former conservancies are the worst affected and called on the government to find means of compensating affected victims.

“It’s a quite a big problem here in Lupane especially lions and elephants. If you look at villages in Fatima going up north, it’s terrible and what worries people is that once your cattle or goats are killed there is no compensation,” he said.

In Matabeleland North Province, a total of 128 incidents of human and wildlife conflict were reported to the authority between January and April this year while 137 incidents were reported during the same period in 2016.

Three people were killed, one by a crocodile and two by elephants early this year, while a total of 39 livestock were lost during the same period.