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Zimbabwe rangers kill marauding elephants

Saturday - 5/5/2012, 8:54am  ET

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - 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.

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 (650 pounds) of foliage a day. Elephant attacks are common in areas in Zimbabwe where impoverished human settlements are encroaching into wildlife sanctuaries.


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