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Fear as Suspected Lion Devours Livestock in Kitgum

The Kelpolo village LCI Chairperson Alex Apire says they received reports from locals about the wild animal after it killed and devoured one cow that it dragged for a distance from the kraal it leaped into on Wednesday night.

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Residents of Pubech parish in Mucwini East Sub County, Kitgum district are gripped with fear after a dangerous, yet to be identified wild animal is reported to be killing domestic livestock in the area. 

The wild animal believed to be a lion that could have wandered from Kidepo Valley National Park has for the past few days been marauding in the villages of Baromal and Kelpolo in Pubech parish, Mucwini East Sub County. 

The Kelpolo village LCI Chairperson Alex Apire says they received reports from locals about the wild animals after it killed and devoured one cow that it dragged for a distance from the kraal it leaped into on Wednesday night. 

According to Apire, the wild animals broke into the community cattle kraal of about 70 head of cattle causing all of them to break out and two animals have since completely disappeared. 

Apire says elders identified the wild animal as a lion after spotting its footprints that  headed towards the neighboring village of Okol in Madi Opei Sub County, Lamwo district

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Apire says the possible presence of the wild animal that was first reported in the area last week has disrupted the now helpless villagers from doing their normal daily chores for fear that it may attack them while in the gardens and also devour their domestic animals.

The Senior Conservation Manager at Kidepo Valley National Park Chief warden, Gertrude Namakula acknowledges having received the reports, saying a team of rangers were earlier this week dispatched to the area to try to track the lion. 

Namakula however says with reports of its reemergence in the area they will redeploy UWA rangers to drive the stray lions away from the area back to the park. 

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Namakula however advised residents to be careful and desist from attacking the stray animal once spotted but rather report to authorities for immediate response.

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