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Man mauled to death by pack of hyenas in Zimbabwe

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

An elderly man has been killed by a pack of hyenas in Zimbabwe, after they pulled him from his bed while he was sleeping.

(CNN)An elderly man has been killed by a pack of hyenas in Zimbabwe, after they pulled him from his bed while he was sleeping.

The man, who has been identified by the authorities as 87-year-old Tendai Maseka, was dragged about 1,000 feet from his mud and wood hut.

By the time Maseka's body was discovered by villagers, its lower half was missing.

Park rangers are currently hunting for the animals in a bid to "eliminate" them, according to Tinashe Farawo, spokesman for the Zimbabwe Parks & Wildlife Management Authority.

Confirming the attack on Twitter, he wrote: "An elderly man who was killed by a pack of hyenas in Chirumanzu (87yrs) was staying alone.

The same pack of hyenas is believed to have been responsible for a recent series of attacks on cattle and goats in the area.

Locals have been urged to be vigilant, avoid moving around at night and keep all doors and windows closed until the animals are captured, Farawo said.

Farawo told CNN: "We are on the ground trying to track down the problem animals with a view to eliminating them.

Animal attacks are not uncommon during the summer, according to Farawo.

He told CNN: "These things normally happen at this time of year because it's the drier months where normally food and water is scarce so the animals move long distances -- and into communities -- in search of food.

"This is the 60th human life lost this year alone to human wildlife conflict," said Farawo, who believes more than six hyenas were responsible for Maseka's death.

According to Farawo, half of the incidents involved elephants, while at least three involved lions.

Hyenas are also known to attack, he said, recalling an incident last year in which two young siblings were killed while out picking fruit.

In normal years, the wildlife authorities rely mainly on tourism for revenue, Farawo explained.

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