Hyena in town caught on camera

Restaurant owners have been called to mind how they dispose of their leftover food so that they don’t attract scavengers.

22 October 2021 | Local News

Romeo Muyunda; PRO of MEFT; “We call upon all restaurant owners to look at the way they are disposing of their left-over food so that they do not attract these animals.”

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Speculation is running wild after images of a hyena roaming around Swakopmund surfaced on social media.

A resident warned others about the hyena on Facebook, saying: “Caution! There are speculations that there is a hyena cruising around Swakopmund town. A man came to warn us that he saw a hyena moving in the direction of a local hotel and warned us not to use that route,” the resident wrote. The hyena was captured on surveillance footage, which was subsequently shared on various Facebook groups. A hyena was also spotted in Ocean View inside a resident’s yard. However, no confirmation could be obtained if it was the same hyena.

The public relations officers (PRO) of the ministry of environment, forestry and tourism (MEFT), Romeo Muyunda, said that an effort to trace the hyena did not yield any results.“We received a number of reports of foxes, mostly in Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.” According to Muyunda, the animals are in search of food. “Food and the way it’s disposed of will attract these animals. We call upon all restaurant owners to dispose of their left-over food in a proper manner so that they do not attract these animals,” he said.

It is believed that the scavengers reside in the Dorob National Park near Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.