Panic As Stray Leopards Invade Bufundi Sub County

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Mawanda says they have notified Uganda Wild Authority about the stray Leopards but nothing has been done to track them down.

Residents of Bufundi Sub County in Kabale district are living in fear for their lives following an invasion of stray Leopards in the area.  The leopards have been rampaging in Kacerere, Kashasha and Ikamiro parishes for the last three weeks. They have already attacked and killed more than 60 sheep. Zaverio Ntungwa, a resident of Kirwa village in Kacerere Parish is one of the victims of the Leopard invasion.
Ntungwa says that he lost eight sheep to the stray Leopards, which are believed to have escaped from Ecuya Forest Reserve.

He says that the Leopards strangle the sheep to death and leave behind the carcass after sacking its blood. Stephen Mawanda, a resident of Kashasha lost five sheep. Mawanda says they have notified Uganda Wild Authority about the stray Leopards but nothing has been done to track them down. John Bigombe, a resident of Ikamiro parish says they now fear moving out at night for fear of being attacked by the Leopards. He appeals to UWA to move in and capture the leopards that are believed to be three in number.

Adrine Tibenda, the female council Bufundi Sub County says most of the animals attacked by the Leopards were supplied to residents under the National Agricultural Advisory Services program. He says the residents are now confused as they have to pay back the money that was used to purchase the animals. Tibenda says this is not the first time stray animals have invaded villages in the sub county adding that, UWA takes long to respond to their call for help.

She claims that some of the residents have resorted to sleeping with the animals inside their houses for fear of losing them to the leopards. Pontius Ezuma, Conservation Manager Bwindi -Mgahinga Conservation area told that he was not aware of the leopard invasion. He has promised to send a team of his men to capture the leopards and relocate them back to the forest reserve.