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Zim rangers kill marauding elephants

Africa

Zimbabwe wildlife authorities say rangers shot and killed two marauding elephants after a man was trampled and gored to death in the country's northeast.

State radio reported Saturday the man died late Friday when a herd of about 19 elephants roamed into a village farming district near the Mozambique border. It said rangers were trying to drive the herd back into unpopulated areas spanning the frontier.

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The radio said wildlife authorities warned villagers not to confront elephants stomping through their fields with “provocative actions.”

A fully grown elephant eats about 300 kilograms of foliage a day. Elephant attacks are common in areas in Zimbabwe where impoverished human settlements are encroaching into wildlife sanctuaries. -Sapa-AP

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