Stray Leopard Injures 5 in Rukungiri

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A leopard attacked and injured five people in Bwambara Sub County Rukungiri district on Friday.

A leopard attacked and injured five people in Bwambara Sub County Rukungiri district on Friday.

This forced area residents appeal to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to stop animals from straying outside the national park.

The leopard from Queen Elizabeth National Park strayed to Garuka Village. Those injured include a UWA ranger identified as Aggrey Wafula. Others are Amos Bindeeba, Julius Kabariga among others now nursing injuries at Nyakibale hospital in Rukungiri town.

It is said that the attack occurred while they chased away the leopard.

Moses Ayebare, a local resident says says UWA must take up its responsibility to ensure the animals do not leave the park instead of rushing to do damage control when people living near the parks are attacked.

Rukungiri Local Council Five Chairperson Charles Byabakama says the district will work closely with UWA to keep the animals within the parks.

Gerald Abitegyeka, an official from UWA says they had to shoot the stray animal to save more people from being attacked. He says the leopard hates dogs and noise and that it became violent after locals started shouting at it and sending dogs to hunt it down.
 
This is not the first time that locals have been attacked by wild animals in the Kigezi region. Elephants usually escape from Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth National parks and invade communities in Kanungu and Kabale districts.

On January 16 2013, more than 200 locals in Kyimbugu village, Kibimbiri parish, Kihiihi Sub County in Kanungu district fled their homes after elephants crossed from Queen Elizabeth National Park.