Monday, May 15, 2006

Lion attack on the rise in Tanzania

Lion attack on the rise in Tanzania


DAR-ES-SALAAM, Tanzania, May 15 (UPI) -- Lion attacks on humans are on the rise in Tanzania, with about 100 people falling prey every year.

The London Telegraph said the rate of lion attacks has tripled since 1990.

Lions have killed at least 566 Tanzanians and wounded 308 in the past 16 years.

Experts say the reason for the increase is that there are more humans for lions to eat and fewer zebra, wildebeest, buffalo or antelope.

Tanzania has more lions than any other country, with thousands of lions living outside protected areas and another 8,000 roaming the national parks. About half of Africa's 30,000 lions live in Tanzania, the newspaper said.

"They actively hunt humans," said lion researcher Denis Ikanda. "You don't find that behavior elsewhere. You don't find it in the Serengeti where there is plenty of plains game. If you stayed in a tent here, you might not last even one night. You would need a death wish."


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