Human-wildlife conflict in the district has lasted for over two decades as elephants invade community settlements, and destroy both staple and cash crops. The affected areas include Sub-Counties of Lungulu, Lii, Got-Apwoyo, Purongo, Anaka, Alero and Kochgoma.
District leaders have petitioned the Uganda Wildlife Authority - UWA to translocate
some of the elephants from Murchison Falls National Park.
The move is anticipated to reduce the population of elephants that have
persistently become a challenge to the human settlements bordering the park.
Human-wildlife conflict in the district has lasted for over two decades as elephants
invade community settlements, and destroy both staple and cash crops. The
affected areas include Sub-Counties of Lungulu, Lii, Got-Apwoyo, Purongo,
Anaka, Alero, and Kochgoma.
Justine Odong aka Ajajji, the Lii Sub-County LCIII Chairperson disclosed that
attacks by elephants have been rampant in the area. Ajajji said his office has
recorded 15 deaths due to attacks by marauding elephants and has destroyed
more than 750 acres of crops.
Nwoya LCV Chairperson, Emmanuel Orach, says they believe there is an increased elephants
population in the park perpetuating escalation of endless human-wildlife
tensions which prompted them to petition UWA to consider some of the
elephants to other conservation areas.
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Orach also pointed out that for two consecutive years now, UWA has not remitted
revenue proceeds from the park that would help build the resilience of affected
communities, thus heightening tensions.
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But Vanice Mirembe, the Director in charge of Awareness and Human-Wildlife
Conflict at UWA downplayed increased elephants' population being attributed to
the escalating human-wildlife rifts.
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She also observed that translocating wildlife species from one area to
another, especially elephants is an expensive venture that requires an adequate
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have also appealed for the recruitment of more wildlife scouts who should be well
equipped and remunerated to respond to community alarms against the invasion of
problem animals. They also appealed to UWA to introduce wildlife repellent
crop species like tea and pepper to restrain the elephants.
In a recent visit to the affected sub-counties, Martin Mugarra Bahinduka, the
State Minister for Tourism noted the trenches dug by UWA to bar elephants from
crossing park boundary into the human settlements have not helped. The beasts
destroyed 3,014 acres of crops this year alone across the six sub-counties.
He directed that the installation of electric fences along the 110 kilometers of
problem animal hotspots be expedited to save the population. He also assured
that UWA has earmarked 779 million shillings under the revenue-sharing initiative
to benefit park line communities.