A 46-year-old man was killed by an elephant in northern Namibia, police confirmed Monday.
According to Omusati regional commander, commissioner Titus Shikongo, the deceased, Abner Petrus died after he was trampled by an elephant at the Okatha- Kiikombo Village in the Okatseidhi area on Sunday.He said the deceased, together with his wife and daughter were trying to chase away a herd of elephants that invaded their crop fields.
“It is alleged that the man and his family managed to drive the animals out of the field and after they tried to chase them further away into the bushes. In the process, one elephant emerged from behind and attacked the man,” he said.
Last week, Namibia’s environment minister Pohamba Shifeta said the country had seen a surge in human-wildlife conflicts involving elephants, buffaloes and other animals mainly in the north and northeastern parts of the country.
Shifeta said the country had resorted to auctioning off some of its elephants while relocating others to national parks as they are causing the most damage to crops, water infrastructure and property in nine of the fourteen regions.