Monday July 28 2014

Kole residents live in fear as stray leopard mauls three people

By Hudson Apunyo

Residents of Te Ibule Parish, Bala Sub- county in Kole District, are living in great fear following reports that a stray leopard was sighted in the area and has so far reportedly eaten three goats.
Last month, the leopard injured three people in Ayac Parish, Amac Sub County in Lira before it proceeded to Abako in Alebtong.

It has been meandering between Lira, Alebtong, Apac and now Kole in the last two months.
A team of game rangers responsible for problem animals from Murchison Falls National Park came to Lira and search for the animal in vain.

Reports indicate that the big cat was sighted last Saturday evening resting on a tree at Te ibule in Omwara Parish after eating two goats from Mr Obong Olwol’s home.
Kole Resident District Commissioner (RDC) OyaaNahori Awua said the people of Koleare living in panic. The RDC said the wild beast devoured three goats last night.
“We tried to contact the game people but up to now, they have not come.” He said the people are living in great fear.

Meanwhile, stray elephants are also disturbing the people near the park line in Oyam. Recently, a herd of elephants invaded peoples gardens destroying crops and causing fear. This followed a February 12 incident in which three people were killed by elephants in the area Atura in Loro.