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Mozambique wages war on man-eating crocs

by Staff Writers
Maputo (AFP) May 17, 2011
Attacks by man-eating crocodiles along Africa's fourth-largest river have prompted Mozambican authorities to launch a massive hunt to contain their numbers, state media said Tuesday.

Over the past three years the vast country's agriculture ministry and tourism operators have caught and slaughtered reptiles up to six-metres (20 feet) long on the Zambezi River in the central province of Sofala, where the animals enjoy a gory menu of dogs, goats, pigs, cattle and even human flesh.

Last year authorities killed 51 crocodiles, caught 15 and collected 9,600 eggs in just three days in one district, David Mboane, chief of economic services in Chemba district, told state newspaper Noticias.

Years of steady economic growth in Mozambique have brought people into greater conflict with crocodiles, as subsistence farmers use the river as their main water supply.

The government has built fountains in some communities so people do not need to collect water from the river.

Three people were attacked by crocs along the Zambezi in 2011. None of the victims died, but at least 13 people were killed in crocodile attacks last year.

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