A 15-year-old Maasai cattle herder has been killed after being attacked by predators while herding cattle near Selous Game Reserve in southern Tanzania, police said on Monday.
Acting Ruvuma Regional Police Commander Revocatus Malimi told Xinhua in a telephone interview that the incident occurred on Friday evening when Tiga Luchomania was herding his family cattle in an area which is close to the game reserve, Tanzania’s largest protected area and is reputed to be the home of the largest lion population in Africa.
The RC said Luchoma was being attacked by predators which are suspected to be lions on the fateful day at around 5 pm (EAT) in Twendembile village, some kilometers from Songea Municipality, the headquarters of Ruvuma region.
The young man was killed and eaten by predators, and his remains were found along Msisima River in the next day, the police regional chief said.
“As police force we are suspecting that the young man was being attacked by angry lions,” Malimi said, cautioning people in the area to move in groups as the area is full of predators.
A few days ago another person was attacked by leopard and was badly injured.
Wildlife experts from Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (Tawiri) said lions in the southern circuit are more hostile compared to those in the northern-based national parks.
“Some of the findings show that lions found in the northern circuits like Serengeti National Park are friendly to human being compared to those in the southern circuit,” said Dr. Victor Kakengi, assistant director of research at Tawiri.? Enditem