Panic has gripped residents of Adwir sub county in Alebtong over the presence of stray lions in their area.
Locals discovered a carcass of a cow and footmarks of what appears to be a lion and a cub on Sunday. The lions are believed to have strayed from Kidepo Valley National Park and the locals are now worried that the lions might start harming them in case they are provoked.
The stray animal allegedly moved to Owinyiru Village in Omoro Sub-County where it ate another cow before moving back towards the Swamp in Okuru Parish Adwir Sub-County where it is suspected to be hiding.
According to Robert Adiama the Alebtong Resident District Commissioner, the lions came just days after a stray buffalo was cited in the neighboring sub county of Amugu. He noted that a team from the Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA) has been informed and they are on ground trying to track the lions.
However, he was quick to add that the animals are ‘rotating’ between Adwir in Alebtong district and Alito village in the neighboring Kapelebyong district in Teso sub region.
Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga Police Spokesperson says UWA is using ‘caller’ instrument blown to make noise to trick the lion into coming out of hiding so it can be captured.