By Ambrose Kweronda
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 confirmed that all the 6 lions found dead were poisoned as per the preliminary findings by a team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Dr. Patrick Atim said that they suspect a serious poison substance could have been used to kill the endangered climbing lion species all which were female.
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 feasted on the dead lions also died at the same spots.
The Chief Warden of Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area Pontiuos Ezuma acknowledged that they suspect the killers entered the protected area unnoticed and killed the endangered species.
Dr. Patrick Atim said investigations have been instituted to establish how poachers managed to enter the very well protected area unnoticed because it’s difficult for the rangers to be at every entry point of the park area.
Kanungu Deputy Resident District Commissioner Gad Ahimbisibwe Rugaju who visited the scene yesterday afternoon said it was unfortunate that the few climbing Lions in the Ishasha Sector were killed.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website