UWA Team Hunts For Stray Chimpanzee In Hoima

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Wildlife authorities are hunting for a stray chimpanzee in Bujumbura Division, Hoima Municipality. The ape believed to be 10-12 years strayed into Hoima town suburb last weekend, triggering fear among residents.

Wildlife authorities are hunting for a stray chimpanzee in Bujumbura Division, Hoima Municipality.
 
The ape believed to be 10-12 years strayed into Hoima town suburb last weekend, triggering fear among residents. Bujumbura is just about a kilometre away from Mparo, where three other chimpanzees were sighted last week.
 
Paul Hatanga, the Project Manager Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, says since Monday his team and that of Uganda Wildlife Authority—UWA have been monitoring  the chimpanzee, with hope it would get back to where it came from.
 
Hatanga says however that for five days now the ape has failed to find its way out of Bigajuka Wetland. He says this has now prompted the team to consider capturing the wild animal and taking it to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Entebbe.
 
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At the time of filing the story, a team of Veterinary Experts from UWA was searching for the ape after it descended from a tree and hid in the swamp. Meanwhile Hatanga reveals that for the last one week the team has not sighted the chimpanzees in the neighbouring Mparo village. He hopes the wild animals could have returned to where they came from.
 
However, residents and local leaders want the conservationists to do much in restraining the chimpanzees. Jackson Amanya, the Bujumbura Division LC3 Chairperson, says as the authorities struggle to capture the one in Bujumbura, three more chimpanzees are being reported in Kyesiiga area also in Bujumbura Division.
 
Amanya says much as the apes have done no harm of recent, the past attacks on residents in Bujumbura and Kyabigambire keep people worried.
 
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Last year chimpanzees attacked children in Bujumbura and Kyabigambire. There have also been similar attacks in the neighboring Kibaale district.