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Elephants destroy 250 hectares of agricultural crops in northern Tanzania

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FILE: A group of African elephants graze on vegetation in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. (Getty Images)
FILE: A group of African elephants graze on vegetation in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania. / Getty Images

A herd of 70 elephants attacked villages in Tanzania‘s northern district of Simanjiro in the Manyara region, destroying a total of 250 hectares of agricultural crops owned by villagers.

Elephants have been wreaking havoc in some villages in the district for some time now, said Albert Msole, Ngorika district councilor.

“Marauding elephants are a nuisance to the villagers,” Msole said at a meeting of councilors in the Manyara region, adding that some villagers have lost hectares of their agricultural crops, bringing the number to 250 hectares. destroyed by mammals.

He called on wildlife authorities to hunt elephants that have strayed from Lake Manyara National Park before they cause more devastating damage to villages.

Athuman Iddi, one of the villagers, said elephants destroyed five hectares of his maize crop, threatening his family’s food security.

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