Fear as Goba spots leopard 

14May 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Fear as Goba spots leopard 

SCORES of residents in Goba suburb of Dar es Salaam are living in fear following circulating reports that a leopard was spotted in their locality yesterday.

Social media reports say that the big cat was reportedly spotted at Zone C popularly known as Kwa Prof Msanjila.

Kinondoni Police Region Commander Mussa Taibu told this paper that the reports have reached them, confirming that indeed the dangerous animal was spotted in the area. Wildlife officials have been alerted, he affirmed.

“It is true. We have received such information that a leopard was spotted at Goba. I was called by the District Commissioner who informed me about the development. We are following up,” he said.

If wildlife officials do not show up, the police will follow up to ensure that the residents are safe, the commander intoned.

Reports circulating on social media said the local authorities at Goba were urging residents to take precautions.

The Director of Wildlife in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Dr Maurus Msuha told this paper in an interview that his office was sending wildlife officers to the area.

Leopards are a common large cat in Tanzania, though their secretive nature implies that you may find it difficult to actually spot one. The best area for leopard spotting is said to be the Seronera River Valley in Central Serengeti.

They rely on being in good condition to survive – if they get injured and are unable to hunt, leopards will die of starvation. Consequently, they are cautious animals and mostly avoid confrontation, but will nearly always make preventive attacks on real and potential adversaries, to protect the hiding place of their cubs.

Leopards easily attack humans if they are within the vicinity and the animal is unable to hunt, thus seeks easy prey, either adult humans or children, domestic livestock, etc.

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