The Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Uganda People’s Defense Forces are hunting for poachers in Semuliki National Park who recently killed up to 9 Uganda kobs.
The poachers are believed to have used spears to kill the animals and escaped in a vehicle.
Benon Mugyerwa, the Warden of Semuliki National Park says, “We have dispatched a combined force of rangers and UPDF soldiers to hunt and arrest the poachers as we also keep an eye on any other activities poachers may try to do again”.
Mugyerwa says the park to face challenges of illegal grazing in the reserve, poor community attitude towards conservation, illegal trafficking of wildlife and high demand of water and grass during dry seasons.
Poaching remains a big challenge in Uganda’s tourism sector as many wild animals are killed for meat, hides and skins, horns, rituals and many other things.
Last year, 11 lions were poisoned as a result of the human wildlife conflict in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Hamukungu fishing village.