Namibia shoots dead 10 problem elephants to protect farmers

May 24, 2020 | News

By Xinhua

Ten elephants considered problematic have been shot dead in northern
Namibia in a move authorities say was aimed at protecting farmers and
their crops.

Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism (MEFT) spokesperson
Romeo Muyunda said on Saturday that 10 elephants that had moved into
farming areas during the harvest season were culled by wildlife
officials over the past month.

Muyunda said officials had no choice but to shoot the animals that
were marked as dangerous after causing serious incidents of Human
Wildlife Conflict (HWC) mainly in the northern parts of the country.

Four elephants were shot by MEFT officials in the Omusati region, four
in the Otjozondjupa region and two in the Kavango East region.

“Normally during this season, people are terrorised by elephants. We
had no choice but to be proactive,” he said.

Muyunda added that elephants may only be put down when there is a need
for it and if no other alternative can be found.

Meat from the culled animals was given to the affected communities as
compensation for their crop losses.