Fear in Kamwenge as Stray Lion Kills Goats

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In short
On Wednesday this week the lion was sighted in Buhanda sub county before crossing to Kabambiro Sub County. The lion was again seen yesterday in Katibani in Kakinga parish, Kamwenge Sub County, where it reportedly killed an unspecified number of goats.

There is tension in Kamwenge district after a stray lion believed to have escaped from Queen Elizabeth National Park spent a week attacking and killing animals.
  
The lion has reportedly killed a yet to be identified number of animals mainly goats and pigs.

The Lion reportedly left the park last week through Rubirizi and was later on sighted in Mahyoro sub county in Kamwenge district where it reportedly killed two pigs and two goats.
  
On Wednesday this week the lion was cited in Buhanda sub county before crossing to Kabambiro Sub County. The lion was again sighted yesterday in Katibani in Kakinga parish, Kamwenge Sub County, where it reportedly killed an unspecified number of goats.
  
Some locals have resorted to staying outside guarding their animals while others have opted to share accommodation with animals so that they are not killed by the lion.
  
Gordon Kwarikunda, a resident of Mahyoro sub county says the lion has been moving from one place to another for over a week.  He says Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) officials moved in after receiving information that the locals were mobilizing to hunt and kill the lion.
  
On Thursday evening a team UWA officials arrived in Kamwenge to rescue the stray lion.
  
Julius Twesigye who is leading the team says it is unfortunate that the locals have lost their animals, but asked them to calm down since efforts to have the lion taken back to its habitat are underway.
 
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Nicholas Niwayijuka, another member of the UWA team advises locals to avoid unnecessary movements at night up when the lion has been traced. He says that lions are smart at taking cover and launching surprise attacks on their prey.
 
 He says locals should use fire to protect their animals from the lions in case the beasts are sighted in their areas.
 
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