By Christopher Bendana.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority has put up a cash reward of Uganda Shilling 10 million to anyone with information leading to the lion killers in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
In a statement released to the media on 22 March, the authority asks people to avail information in confidentiality through 0776800152.
“Conserving our wildlife resources is a duty for all Ugandans and we should all work together in fighting all forms of wildlife crime. We, therefore, argue the public to join us in this fight by giving us information in confidence so that the killers of our lions are brought to book,” the statement read.
The carcasses of the six lions were found in the Ishasha Sector on 18 March. Laying next to them were vultures that had also died. This led to suspicion that the lions would have been poisoned.
“We shall first carry out a post-mortem to establish the cause of death,” said Bashir Hangi Bashir the authority’s communications manager.
Lions are a thorn to the communities neighboring the park especially the cattle keeper as they prey on their cows. In retaliation, the cattle keepers poison the lions.
Another 11 lions were killed in the park in 2018
The Ishasha Sector is famous for its climbing lions, a boon for tourism which accounts for nine percent of the country’s GDP.