ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- A week of fierce fighting between a pride of lions and a pack of hyenas in Ethiopia's remote Gobele desert has killed three dozen of the wild animals, the state news agency said on Thursday.

Six lions and 30 hyenas have died in what the agency described as the worst fighting between beasts ever seen in Ethiopia.The rival groups rest in their dens during the day but come out every sunset, roaring and howling, to continue their battle for supremacy.

Quoting local police, the Ethiopian News Agency said the fighting was continuing but that no people were in danger because the wild animals were far from any human settlement.

While lions are the natural world's dominant hunters, any single lion can be brought down by a small group of hyenas.

Both lions and hyenas steal each other's kills but lions are the more frequent poachers.