Three Arrested for Killing Stray Elephants in Agago

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Agago District Police Commander Albert Onyango says the three; Martin Ojok, Franco Okello and Paul Otto, were arrested with freshly extracted elephant tusks. They were arrested from Kaket Village in Lapono Sub County.

Three men have been arrested in Agago district in Northern Uganda for hunting and killing two elephants that strayed from Kidepo Valley National Park.

Agago District Police Commander Albert Onyango says the three; Martin Ojok, Franco Okello and Paul Otto, were arrested with freshly extracted elephant tusks. They were arrested from Kaket Village in Lapono Sub County.

Catherine Aloyo, an area resident told Uganda Radio Network that the residents were enraged after the wildlife injured two minors who were returning from school on Thursday.

She adds that animals from the park have often crossed into neighboring communities demolishing crop gardens, their major source of livelihood.

Walter Odokorwot, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) conservation warden in Kidepo Valley National Park advises communities to plant pepper along park boundaries to curtail infiltration of wildlife into their areas.
 
The three are detained at Patongo Central Police Station.