John Muhangi, the Warden Law Enforcement and Security in Queen Elizabeth National park, says they are cognizant that most game animals have found alternative routes, which they use to stray into communities where they wreak havoc.
Queen Elizabeth National Park in Kasese
District has launched the use of bomb pistols to stop game animals from
straying into communities. A bomb pistol makes a loud sound simulating
a gunshot and release smoke.
The development follows a public outcry by
communities about the destruction of over 80 gardens in Kidodo cell in Railway
ward Kasese municipality by game animals. Although the park is working on erecting an
electric fence, the areas that haven’t been covered are prone to wildlife
As a result, management has launched the bomb pistols to
scare the animals from straying into the communities since they no longer
respond to the old control measures.
John Muhangi, the Warden Law Enforcement and Security
in Queen Elizabeth National park, says they are cognizant that most game
animals have found alternative routes, which they use to stray into communities
where they wreak havoc.
He says they have decided to resort to bomb pistols with chilly and smoke since the animals had become
accustomed to the old methods including sounds of AK-47.
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Joshua Masereka, the Community Conservation Officer will lead
the team on ground.
Martin Safari, the Central Division LC III Chairperson in Kasese
municipality, says over 100 households in the municipality alone have lost
their property and gardens to the wild life invasion.
Although he welcomes the new measure, he asks
UWA to expedite the processes of fencing the entire park.
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The Rwenzori East Region Police Commander, Samuel Asiimwe
challenges the community to desist from harming game animals that stray into
their areas. He observed the need for the community to appreciate UWA’s
intervention and called on the community to protect wildlife.
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Joshua Masereka. The Kasese Deputy Resident District Commissioner
is optimistic that the introduction of bomb pistols and fencing will further
reduce wildlife-human conflict.
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Salvano Syabugha, a resident in Kidodo cell welcomes the intervention
as a sigh of relief to the community that recently lost their gardens to stray
Syabugha however asks UWA to extend fencing to the area, saying
animals will soon get used to the new method.
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UWA has so far erected a fence from KCCL to