The Padibe East Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, Julius Peter Olung told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that residents are currently living in fear following the invasion of the lions. He says the lions suspected to be male and female attacked another kraal on Monday night in the same village where they killed three more calves.
A lioness moves through Murchison Falls National Park after a collaring exercise conducted by UWA in April 2018. Photo By Julius Ocungi
Two stray lions believed to have escaped from Kidepo
Valley National park have killed six cows in Katum East village in Padibe East Sub
County in Lamwo district triggering panic among residents.
The lions are said to have invaded a kraal
containing over 500 animals on Sunday evening where they killed three calves
and injured three others. The Padibe East Sub County LC 3 Chairperson, Julius
Peter Olung told Uganda Radio Network in an interview that residents are
currently living in fear following the invasion of the lions.
He says the lions suspected to be male and female attacked
another kraal on Monday night in the same village where they killed three more
calves. Olung notes that the third invasion was thwarted at around
midnight on Wednesday by a team of Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldiers deployed
to guard kraals in the area.
“Our people are living in fear because the lions
are still within the community posing danger to them and their animals. We call
upon speedy action by the Uganda Wildlife Authority to drive away the game
animals to the conservation area,” he told URN. He says the lion are bound to make repeated attacks if they
are not driven away because of the soft meat they have already tested outside Kidepo
Valley National Park.
Joseph Okello, the Community Conservation Officer under
Uganda Wildlife Authority acknowledged receiving reports of the stray lions.
He says a team of UWA officials accompanied by rangers visited the affected
areas for mapping and community sensitisation on Tuesday to ensure that residents
keep out of contact with the lions.
three UWA rangers will be deployed to drive the
lions from community areas to Kidepo Valley National Park. “We visited
the areas yesterday but couldn’t camp to start driving away the lions because
we needed logistics and food for our men. We have confirmed from the foot
prints that there are two lions roaming the area but we ask for calm from
locals as we start pushing them out,” Okello said.
He also says UWA’s slow response was due to the man power
shortage coupled with the vast areas of operation under Karenga conservation
area, which covers more than 900 square kilometers. Incidents of stray game animals
in Lamwo and Kitgum districts have been common in the past. Late last year,
residents of Orom Sub county suffered heavy losses after stray elephants
ravaged their farmlands.