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Hippos Terrorize Farmers, Kill Two

December 16, 1993

YAOUNDE, Cameroon (AP) _ A herd of 100 hippos is destroying acres of crops in northern Cameroon and has killed two women in a hunting party chasing the hippos.

The marauding herd has for weeks been terrorizing the rich farming community around Lake Guere, near the border with Chad, state radio reported Thursday.

In daily raids from the lake, they have uprooted and destroyed dozens of fields of millet and sorghum.

On Wednesday, hunters in canoes attacked the hippos with spears and arrows, the radio said. One of many calves in the herd overturned a canoe and attacked two women who fell out. They drowned, and the other hunters fled back to shore.

The government Environment Agency sent professional hunters to the lake later Wednesday, but they didn’t succeed either, the radio said.

Wednesday night, the hippos attacked more farms and killed a cow.

Last month, a troop of 300 elephants caused havoc north of Lake Guere, destroying 11 villages and 340,000 acres of cultivated fields. That herd disappeared after the Environment Agency killed two elephants.

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