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Tanzania conservation setback: lions poisoned near Serengeti

A lion prowls the Serengeti National Park.
A lion prowls the Serengeti National Park. Image by Stig Nygaard / CC BY 2.0

Police and security organisations in and around the Ikona Wildlife Management Area, which sits on the border of the Serengeti National Park, are searching for a pastoralist who poisoned seven lions in retaliation after losing one of his cattle. The lions were part of a pride of 16, making their deaths a blow to conservation efforts in the area. Sources in Arusha noted that cattle deaths due to lions are typically due to negligence on the owner’s part, usually either because of lack of supervision or proper enclosures at night. They also added that the owner of the dead cow could have sought compensation instead of killing seven lions that are crucial to the area’s tourist industry. Read more: eturbonews.com