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By Peter Miva

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, July 13) - Villages in Wawin, in the Papua New Guinea province of Morobe, say they are afraid to go to their gardens or to hunt for fear of attack by wild dogs.

Wild dogs have reportedly killed domestic animals and destroyed food gardens belonging to the villagers in recent weeks.

Elizabeth Loka from Wawin said last week that two village dogs were attacked and eaten by the wild dogs. The dogs belonged to a couple.

"The couple stood in awe as these wild dogs viciously attacked and tore their dogs in pieces and ate them. They left their garden and ran back to the village terrified," said Loka.

She said that the wild dogs have destroyed banana trees and other crops.

Loka said two similar attacks occurred in the past two weeks.

She said the wild dogs appeared to be bigger than domestic dogs and are equal in size to German Shepards.

Loka said there are two wild dogs, one is a white female and the other is a black male.

"We do not know where they have come from but the people are now too scared to go to their gardens," she said.

July 14, 2004

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