Fear and uncertainty is the atmosphere in Vema village, a locality situated in the Ebolowa II sub division of the South Region of Cameroon, as stray elephants have been wondering about the village and its environs.
Some villagers attest that they have seen a herd of 4 elephants wonder about. “I have seen them once. I came to the farm at 6am to harvest Cassava to go and sell in Yaounde,” Daniel Okono a farmer in Vema said. He added that when the elephants notice his presence, the bigger one started raising its ear and tail. “I had to run for my dear life.” he added.
“After midnight, my wife woke me up that the elephants were behind the house. We hurriedly came out and she pointed a torch at them. I also started hitting pieces of aluminium sheets which I found around. They got scared and escaped.” another inhabitant said.
The South Regional Delegate for Forestry and Wildlife, Severin Minkarako while speaking to CRTV Ebolowa said the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife signed a new authorisation on September 20, 2022, to repulse the animals.
Cameroon’s Wildlife Regulation
It should be noted that in Cameroon, elephants are protected by law. Notably the Cameroonian law on species which condemns any one killing or trafficking in protected wildlife species.