Mozambique crocodiles kill 47 people

2012-03-07 19:45

Maputo - At least 86 people were killed and 60 injured by wild animals in Mozambique in 2011, with crocodiles being blamed for the majority of deaths, the government announced on Wednesday.

"The animal that caused the most deaths was the crocodile, which killed 47 people, followed by elephants, killing 20 and hippos, which killed 13," government spokesman Alberto Nkutumula told dpa.

To counter the problem, wildlife authorities in the southern African nation culled 336 animals last year - 250 crocodiles, 46 elephants, 17 hippos, 13 buffalos, four lions, three snakes, two hyenas and a leopard.

In parallel, the authorities are launching awareness campaigns in places prone conflicts between man and animal.

The areas worst affected are the Zambezi River basin and the regions of Caia and Marromeu in the central province of Sofala.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-03-07 19:51

    Can we put crocodiles on our borders then?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-07 20:10

      Would you like to be the crocodile trainer?

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-03-07 20:31

    I don't see why any time or energy is being put into preventing these incidents. Surely the money and time can be spent on healthcare or eduction, saving and improving the lives of a 100x that many people?

      goyougoodthing - 2012-03-07 20:38

      Rather cull the people, we seem to be the ones over populating, not the animals.

  • hcrouse - 2012-03-07 20:37

    LOL. 3 snakes were culled.

  • fishycraig - 2012-03-07 20:51

    I have heard of this plan to cull large crocs in the Lower Zambezi valley. Yes Mozambique, great idea. Large crocs feed primarily on barbel - not mammals (nor Mozambicans) as often thought. Barbel are the main source of competition for smaller fish such as tilapia. Tilapia eat mosquito larvae. Mosquito larvae grow into mosquitoes. These mosquitoes kill thousands of Mozambicans through malaria.

      Bob - 2012-03-08 08:47

      fishycraig, good to read a post from someone that actually understands nature, left alone nature is just about perfect, us humans stuff up everything we touch yet we are arrogant enough to believe we can improve mother nature, as you rightly point out, anything you do to try and improve nature will have a domino effect further down the line, which always more than negates any effort to improve on it.

  • Chris - 2012-03-08 01:01

    WTF?... How is culling 250 crocodiles, 46 elephants, 17 hippos, 13 buffalos, four lions, three snakes, two hyenas and a leopard going to stop this. Just an indication of Africa mentality. Stay out of their habitat and they will leave you in peace. Go f@ck around where they roam and they will leave you in pieces. Its the rule of nature. Only the strong survive. Weakest gets illuminated. Yeah right, as if killing three snakes is going to solve the problem. Idiots

      Paul - 2012-03-08 08:24

      Not sure you are correct in your assumption about going where they roam. All the other animals have been locked behind game fences only hippo and crocs can roam freely, thus should we not pull down all the fences and let all the animals roam freely and still stay out of their habitat?! Best you think a little deeper and make a suggestion as to where we draw the line between human and wildlife conflict. Easy for you sitting in your little urban abode illuminated by the lights; spare a thought for subsistence farmers being eliminated in dark! Rule of nature? Only the strong survive? That's man with his fences and guns!! We must manage the nature so that there is a balance!!

  • barry.dogg.fritz - 2012-04-18 14:45

    why kill these wild animals ,humans are encroaching on their habitat, it is only natural for nature to balance out the odds, south africa's problem started with them opening up the borders between the national parks because poaching is rife, zimbobwe sent the military into the zambezi basin and they killed 100s of wild animals to feed the masses

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