UPDF Asked To Help In Jackal Hunt

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Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF have been asked to help in the tracking down of African Golden Jackals that have killed two people and over 100 domestic animals in Ibanda district.

Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) have been asked to help in the tracking down of African Golden Jackals that have killed two people and over 100 domestic animals in Ibanda district.
                     
The request was made during a Friday emergency meeting held at Nsasi sub county headquarters. The Ibanda district security team resolved to request the help of UPDF soldiers to hunt down the wild animals.

During the Friday meeting, it was revealed that the wild animals had just killed ten goats and pigs in Nsasi and Nyamarebe sub counties that morning.
 
The Ibanda Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Eliasto Akatuheebwa says they decided to ask for UPDF help after a team of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and Police had tried and failed to find the animals.
 
But Diao Ecume, UWA Ibanda sector coordinator, says the jackals are very difficult to track down because they are swift sprinters.

Ecume says the jackals are problematic because they are killing more livestock than they can eat. The jackals prefer to hunt either very early in the morning, at night or during heavy downpour when human beings are in their homes.

The wild animals are believed to have escaped three weeks ago from Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo or Katonga wildlife reserve.