At least 33 people were killed and other 24 were injured by wild animals in conservation areas in Mozambique in the first six months of 2007, local media have reported.
According to the state news agency AIM on Sunday, most of the victims were reported in the Tchuma Tchato Conservation Area where 20 people are said to have been killed and 10 others injured, followed by the Marromeu Game Reserve, in the central province of Sofala, Quirimbas National Park, Northern Province of Cabo Delgado, Maputo Game Reserve, in the south of Mozambique.
In the same period and following the deadly accidents, 21 wild animals were killed of which 16 at Tchuma Tchato Conservation Area, among which hippos, elephants and crocodiles, the news agency said.
According to the Tourism Ministry, to mitigate the man-animal conflict in the conservation areas, the authorities have boosted monitoring of wild animals by recruiting new inspectors.
Also, new surveillance posts were established in the areas where most incidents are reported, and this includes the creation of mobile brigades to drive away wild animals.
Members of the local communities and from the Ministry of Defense make up these brigades, which have a mandate to kill the most problematic animals and educate the population on how to prevent the man-animal conflict.