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After Death of Lions, UWA Rolls out New Measures to Curb Encroachment in National Parks

Following the recent death of eleven lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has come out with new strategies to prevent reoccurrence of such events.

The authority has deployed rangers and intensified community sensitization among others.

Officials say over 500 new personnel are being recruited by the authority to beef up the ranger force.

This, UWA believes, will end the killing of the animals especially the lions by the public.

Revealing these new strategies, UWA Executive director Sam Mwandha was addressing the media on Monday during a briefing held at the authority’s headquarters in Kampala.

“We have deployed rangers who are stationed in the area full time, to address any similar challenges; we have also intensified community sensitisation and awareness on the importance of conservation.

“We are strengthening the capacity of our intelligence and investigation units. Just before this incident happened, we had just recruited experienced staff to head these two units.”

Mwandha also added that they are working closely with the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities to develop laws and regulations to regulate activities in Fishing villages and wildlife sanctuaries.

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The death of eleven lions

It should be remembered that earlier this month, a pride of eleven lions (three adult lioness and eight cubs) was killed in Hamukugu Fishing villages, Queen Elizabeth National Park.

After an investigation, it was revealed, through the forensic examinations that cause of the lions’ death was poisoning.

Consequently, Minister of Tourism, Hon. Ephraim Kamuntu visited Hamukungu fishing village and discussions with the community members were held were the Minister assured them of a good relationship despite the death of the lions.

Also, four suspects have been identified and have made statements at Katwe police, they were later released on Police bond as investigations continue.

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