BY INNOCENT KIIZA
Uganda Wildlife Authority has confirmed that the 6 lions found dead at Ishasha sector, Queen Elizabeth national park were poisoned.
Dr. Patrick Atim the officer in charge of veterinary services at UWA has revealed that all the 6 lions found dead last Friday evening were poisoned as findings by a team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Dr. Patrick Atim said that a serious poison substance could have been used to kill the female climbing lion species.
UWA team has extracted samples from the dead lion and taken them to Kampala to confirm the poison that was used to kill the lions.
The Veterinary doctor said that even the vultures that tested on the dead lions meat also died on spots and were found at the scene.
The Chief Warden of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area Pontiuos Ezuma said that they suspect the poachers entered the protected area unnoticed and poisoned the only female lion species.
Dr. Patrick Atim said investigations have been established on how poachers managed to enter the park unnoticed because it’s difficult for the rangers to be at every entry point of the park area.
He acknowledged that UWA has issued 10 million shillings to whoever may be with information and where about of the poachers who poisoned the lions
Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju condemned the act adding that it’s unfortunate that the few climbing Lions in the Ishasha Sector were poisoned.