The increase in public outcry over the increase in the counts of crocodiles in fresh water bodies of Lake George, Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward which are always visited by travelers on Uganda safaris and tours, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has hutched a plan on how these crocodiles can be captured and relocated to other place.
The Crocodiles are among the most dangerous Uganda safari
attractive animals to human lives. They continue to threaten the lives
of the communities in various landing sites of the districts of Kasese
and Rubirizi. This plan has been affirmed by the Queen Elizabeth
Conservation Manager Nelson Guma and that the personnel to hunt the
dangerous predators and relocate them to other lakes where they can
thrive without posing fatalities to communities is ready to take off.
The Conservation Area Manager accepted that at the moment there are no
other means to avert the crocodile crisis in the affected areas apart
from capturing them. A crater lake in Rubirizi District has been
identified as a safe haven for these creatures which are always sought
for by travelers on safaris in Uganda though its name is still withheld.
Apparently Uganda Wildlife Authority is sensitizing the fishing
communities seeking their cooperation in the hunt and the capture for
crocodiles. The identified lake has got fish which will support
crocodile populations but has steep shores that do not allow the crocs
to wander to far places like how they have been doing on the flat shores
of Lake Edward and Lake George.
The relocation of crocodiles is
being considered at a time when the political leaders form the Areas
affected have encouraged their electorates to resort to killing and
eating the crocodiles following the failure by the Ministry of Tourism
Wildlife and Heritage to attend to their counts of petitions.
However, the fisher men also offer them selves to these deadly creatures always encountered by visitors on safari in Uganda.
They tend to drive to the breeding places for fish to bring out fish in
times of scarcity something that is locally known as “kokota” which
makes them vulnerable to crocodile attacks.
The counts of ten (10)
fishermen are noted to have lost their lives to crocodiles at various
landing sites in the districts in Rubirizi and Kasese districts. The
attacks of Crocodiles were very common between 2010 and 2014 on water
bodies of Lake Edward and Kazinga channel especially Katwe and Katunguru
landing sites respectively resulting into counts of death and injuries.
The residents in Mid-March 2015 killed some wild animals and burnt
plastic materials in protest of the loss of a fisherman who was attacked
by a crocodile while fishing. The attack by crocodiles also affects the
fishing businesses as the fishermen fear to go back to the waters after
a loss of their colleague.
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