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Stray lions trigger panic among residents in Nakapiripirit district

Nakapiripirit, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Residents of Namalu town council in Nakapiripirit district are living in fear following the invasion of lions in the area.

On Friday night, an unspecified number of lions believed to have strayed from Pian Upe game reserve attacked a cattle kraal in Namalu town council killing cows and injuring others.

Andrew Longole, who lost cows says the lions appeared in the night and killed his five cows from the kraal along the road of Namalu-Nakapiripirit town.  Longole noted that when the lions killed his cows, they slowly walked away after feasting on their prey.

Longole says he reported the case to the WildLife Authorities Office in Pian –Upe game reserve but is still waiting for their response. He adds that the death of his cows has upset him because his other cows had been stolen by rustlers.

David Sagal says the attack has caused fear among the locals, calling it a real threat in the community. Sagal noted that if the wild animals are not carefully monitored, they may attack more cows and humans.

He observed that the lions seem to have come closer to people and the wildlife authority should do something urgently to safeguard the community.

Paul Lokol, the chairperson of Wildlife Management says the lions rarely pose threats to people but there are areas like rivers where they always go to search for water.

According to Lokol, the locals should always report cases of wildlife attacks in time.

Echodu Edyau, the warden in charge of the reserve, has not yet responded on the matter as his known mobile phone numbers were off.

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