THE three men who fought off a leopard with their bare hands to rescue one of their goats are on the road to recovery and are set to receive compensation for the injuries they sustained.
Esegiel Pitifo (48), Frans Garub (39) and Enricko Garoseb (40) sustained various degrees of injuries and have been admitted to the Usakos State Hospital for medical treatment after their encounter with the female leopard that is said to have two small cubs.
The spokesperson of the Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism, Romeo Muyunda, said the farmer will be assisted financially through payments from the ministry’s self-reliance scheme of the revised policy on human wildlife conflict management for injuries sustained.
According to the revised policy, people that sustain injuries with no loss of body parts will be paid N$10 000. A person with an injury where the loss of a body part is involved will be paid N$30 000 and injuries that result in other disabilities will be compensated with N$50 000.
Muyunda said that the feasibility of possibly catching the leopard mother and her cubs is currently under investigation because the incident occurred in the #Gaingu conservancy area.
“The Ministry sent staff members to the conservancy on Tuesday morning to investigate the incident further. At this stage the MEFT officials are tracking the leopard and we were able to establish that the leopard has two cubs,” he said.
He said the MEFT regrets the incident and fully sympathises with the victims.
“We wish to appeal to members of the public to be cautious and avoid approaching dangerous predators in such a manner. Incidences such as this must be reported to the ministry, Namibian Police or the nearest conservancy for intervention without necessarily having to risk lives like in this case,” Muyunda warned.