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UWA Ranger Killed by Elephants in Murchison Falls

A Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger deployed on Murchison Falls National Park has been killed by a herd of elephants.

The deceased identified as Sgt. Scot Guma was according to officials, killed by elephants while on duty to rescue communities of Nwoya in Murchison Fall National Park on November, 15, 2020.

“The late Sgt. Guma together with four colleagues had earlier responded to a distress call that elephants had escaped from the park,” said UWA spokesman Bashir Hangi.

“The community members called the rangers to help and chase the elephants back into the park. While trying to scare shoot them, the elephants became wild and attacked them. As the rangers tried to flee for safety and reorganization, Sgt. Guma unfortunately fell in a shallow ditch where elephants trampled on him leaving him with serious injuries. He died while being rushed to Anaka for medical attention.”

The Executive Director UWA Sam Mwandha described the deceased as a hardworking and selfless staff who executed his work well while handling human wildlife conflict

and operational work of patrols.

“The institution will greatly miss his commitment, hard work, bravery and passion for conservation. He has paid the ultimate price of conserving our wildlife resources, he is a conservation hero” he said.

Rangers at Wangkwar sector where Sgt Guma was stationed have been very active in offering quick problem animal interventions to communities surrounding that sector.

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The late Sgt.Guma Scot joined UWA on 1st May 1999 as a private ranger raising through the ranks to Sergeant.

Before his deployment in Murchison Falls National Park, he had worked in East Madi Wildlife Reserve for 10 years handling issues of problem animals like elephants and hippos as far as the boarder of South Sudan as well as encroachment among others.

He left behind a window and four children.

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