DRC Crocodiles Kill 12 People in One Month

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In short
Twelve people have been killed by crocodiles in the month of November alone in a province in the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the administrator of the territory of Kasai-Oriental, Crispin Maria most of the dead were killed by the animals as they drew water from river Tshilemba.

  Twelve people have been killed by crocodiles in the month of November alone in a province in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
 
According to the administrator of the territory of Kasai-Oriental, Crispin Maria most of the dead were killed by the animals as they drew water from river Tshilemba.
 
Maria says that the crocodiles have become a problem to the people.
 
He says that more others have ended up being amputated after narrow escapes from the crocodiles.
 
People are continually forced to return to the river because it is the only stable source for water for domestic use.
 
He says that the dead include one woman while others were young girls.
 
Maria says that the locals have been threatening to hunt down the animals. They are, however, hesitant to hunt down the crocodiles without permission from the leadership of Oriental territory. 
 
Oriental province in the DRC is home to hundreds of crocodiles and hippos which usually stray into human settlements.
 
Before the DRC government started a conservation effort for endangered species, locals used to respond to attacks by killing the animals and eating them.  
 

 

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