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Human, Wildlife Conflict Claims 40

Wild animals killed 40 people and injured 30 in 2017, as human -wildlife conflict continues, especially in areas close to conservancies. Speaking at a pass out parade of rangers and dog handlers in Hwange recently, Environment, Water and Climate Minister Cde Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri said 95 animals were killed to save human life.

“Human and wildlife issues are topical at the moment,” she said.

“In 2017, 40 people were killed and 30 injured due to conflict with wildlife.

“At the same time, as a response measure, 95 wildlife species were killed in order to save human life.”

Minister Muchinguri-Kashiri said the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority received 346 cases of human-wildlife conflict, with 65 percent coming from Masvingo and Manicaland provinces.

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