Hyena killed after chasing residents

22 August 2019 | Local News

A hyena was shot dead by police officers yesterday at Ekolyanaambo village in the Oshana Region.

According to Oshana police spokesperson, Warrant Officer Frieda Shikole-Ashiyana, the hyena had reportedly chased residents near New Reception in Ongwediva.

Police officers and nature conservation officials started tracking it, until it was put down at Ekolyanaambo, following unsuccessful attempts to tranquilise the animal.

“We do not know where the hyena came from; we just got a report via the Ongwediva police station before 08:00 in the morning that there was a hyena chasing people near the New Reception area. We chased it via Omatando until Omashekediva and then it was put down at Ekolyanaambo village,” Shikole-Ashiyana said.

“The police's aim was to assist the nature conservation officials to tranquilise it, but all their attempts failed. The police, therefore, decided to shoot it.”

Shikole-Ashiyana said there were no reports of animals being killed or people being harmed by the hyena.



Mysterious sheep killings at

Okathitukonkayi

Meanwhile, Nampa reports that Petrus Soni Kashau, a farmer at Okathitukonkayi near Okalongo in the Omusati Region, lost eight sheep that were killed under mysterious circumstances during the night between Saturday and Sunday.

Kashau suspects that unidentified wild animals killed his sheep by biting them in their necks.

The animals reportedly sucked the blood of the sheep and left without eating the meat.

According to Kashau, he also lost 15 sheep in a similar manner last year.

“Ten goats and a pig were killed by the same type of animals at the village earlier this year,” the farmer said.

Paw prints at the scene indicated there were two unidentified animals that fled the scene.

“My sheep have been attacked and killed at different spots near the crop field of my neighbour,” Kashau added.

-Additional reporting by Nampa

ILENI NANDJATO

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