Hyenas attack five villagers, kill five goats in northwest Tanzania: official


DAR ES SALAAM, April 29 — A group of hyenas have attacked five villagers and killed five goats in Tanzania’s northwest region of Shinyanga, an official said on Monday.

Peter Emmanuel, a councilor for Kilago ward in Shinyanga region, said the hyenas attacked the villagers on Sunday night. “The wild animals are wreaking havoc in villages in the ward,” he said.
He said the five villagers were attacked and injured when they tried to chase them away from the villages, adding the conditions of three of the five attacked villagers were still unstable.

“The villagers are being treated at Kahama district hospital. The attack by the hyenas has caused panic among villagers,” said the official.
Thomas Manumbu, a natural resources officer in Kahama district, said the hyenas had strayed from nearby Maswa Game Reserve.

“We are doing all we can to control the hyenas from straying into the villages,” said Manumbu.
In March 2017, villagers in the northwest region of Simiyu raised alarm over marauding hyenas that had killed their livestock for the past three months. The wild animals also from the nearby Maswa Game Reserve located near Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area were targeting cattle and goats. – XINHUA