Jackal Found In Chitungwiza House

A jackal seen roaming the streets in Seke Unit A, Chitungwiza, on Friday morning fled into a house when people started pelting it with stones.

A large crowd gathered in an attempt to see the unusual animal and the householder quickly phoned the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZimParks).

A Zimparks team eventually shot dead the jackal after they failed to capture it alive. The owner of the house, Alfonce Mutengi, said:

The timid animal then sought refuge in one of our rooms after one of our tenants left the door to his bedroom open.

It hid under a bed and I went to investigate only to establish it was an unusual animal.

It was quite timid obviously because of the noise and the attack it had been subjected to by members of the public.

Mutengi locked the door and contacted Zimparks who asked him if he was sure the animal was indeed a jackal. He added:

They asked me to verify if indeed it was a jackal and told them it was. They then advised me to lock the door and wait for them.

When they came here they tried to capture it but could not do so because they did not have a cage.

One other problem was that they could not open fire given the crowd that had swelled and they decided to call the police so that they could control people while they deal with it.

They then went to get some police officers who managed to contain the crowd while they captured it.

They shot it rather than attempting to capture it.

One of the residents, Veronica Mugutso said she was part of the crowd that chased the animal.

She said what was strange about the jackal was how it got into the middle of the residential area given that the nearest bushy area is near Chikwanha business centre which is about 5km away.

ZimParks spokesperson, Tinashe Farawo said the shooting was routine. He said:

We received reports and we responded. We treated it as one of the problem animals that is causing discomfort to human life.

Our officers shot it and took it away. It is part of the wildlife and human conflict that we have to deal with.

Meanwhile, Mutengi felt that the incident cast a bad spell at their residence.

He said he had to administer some traditional muti to cast the bad spell associated with the coming of the jackal.

More: The Herald

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