The following is an update to the article WAN posted this morning about the six lions that were found dead of suspected poisoning in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda on Friday.
Today, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) released a statement announcing that four people have been arrested in connection with the brutal killing of the six lions. The organization reported that 26-year-old Ampurira Brian, 49-year-old Tumuhire Vincent, 40-year-old Aliyo Robert, and 68-year-old Miliango Davi were arrested last night during a joint operation mounted by UWA, UPDF, and Police in Kyenyabutongo village, Rusoroza Parish, Kihihi Sub County, Kanungu District.
As per UWA, the suspects took the security team to a location where three heads of lions were found hidden in a tree and the fourth one was buried. Horrifically, 15 legs were also found under the same tree. The suspects said they dropped one leg in the park.
Three bottles containing a chemical commonly known as Furadan and a two-litre jerry can of lion fat oil were recovered in a banana plantation. Two spears, one panga, and one hunting net were found hidden in a garden at the home of Tumuhire Vincent.
On Monday evening, UWA received credible information about the people suspected to be behind the killing of the lions, a joint operation by UPDF, Police, and UWA was conducted leading to the arrest of the four suspects. The suspects will be arraigned in the courts of law in Uganda.