Actu Cameroun

Ibrahima Adama,
February 8, 2019

https://actucameroun.com/2019/02/08/cameroun-extreme-nord-une-colonie-denviron-200-pachydermes-sevit-dans-le-mayo-danay/

 

This is the highlight for the people of the boroughs of Kar-Hay and Wina in
Mayo-Danay.

A hundred returning elephants are raging in their localities. Worse, acres
of millet fields (Karal) have been devastated since January, or nearly 15
hectares according to figures provided by the authorities in charge of
agriculture.

Last week, villages in Kar-Hay and Wina districts suffered heavy elephant
damage.

“Every year, there are villages that are not immune to elephant passage.
These are the Doufay, Karmaye, Tcherfeke, Ndjafgadji, Mouri Bougaye,
Korokoro, Kaoula, Angalaye, Gobio, Guinane, and Zaria villages that have
suffered until then from the pachyderms. The locality of Guissia and its
surroundings have been added to this list,” reports a local authority in
Mayo-Dany.

In addition, the harvest period is announced for some at the end of
February.

“It’s the dry season. In their adventure, elephants cross their defined
corridor and we respect to infiltrate our fields, our ponds of water and
this, since the years 2000. Today, we fear that they fall back towards our
villages with the danger they represent for our lives and our fields of
subsistence,” says a village chief in the Kalfou district.

As a result, agropastoral activities are a hit. Pachyderms are everywhere
in the water reserves and savannah, making pasture activities difficult in
these areas.

“These elephant populations from the Waza reserve have once again caused
enormous damage. And they are still wandering. After a teacher has been
killed by elephants in 2017, people are afraid to go to the fields or cut
firewood, let alone graze their animals. With their large numbers, we can
only ask people to be careful while waiting for their departure,” says an
eco guard of the area.

For the moment, the populations of these “elephant” crisis zones make use
of traditional means and techniques to keep these animals away from their
villages.