The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has confirmed the death of six lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The carcasses of the lions were found on Sunday evening in the Ishasha area with most of their body parts missing.
Six lions died in Queen Elizabeth National Park, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA). In a press release, the authorities said that « the carcasses of the lions were found last night in the Ishasha area with most of their body parts missing. In addition, eight dead vultures were also found at the scene, indicating possible poisoning of the lions by unknown persons.
UWA informed that a team of investigators is on the ground and working with the Kanungu District Police to solve the case. As some of the lions’ body parts are missing, authorities say they cannot rule out illegal wildlife trafficking.
« The Uganda Wildlife Authority assures the public that it will continue to strengthen the protection of lions and other wildlife in Uganda and will pursue this case to its logical conclusion, » an official said. « UWA strongly condemns the illegal killing of wildlife, as it not only negatively impacts our tourism as a country, but also income generation, which supports conservation and community work in our protected areas, » he added.
There have been a number of previous incidents where lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park have allegedly been poisoned. In April 2018, for example, 11 lions, including eight cubs, were found dead, after a suspected poisoning incident. A similar incident resulted in the death of 5 lions in May 2010.