Uganda-ALSHARQIYA March 21 : Staff of the Queen Elizabeth National Reserve in Uganda found six dead and dismembered lions after suspected poisoning, according to the British newspaper "The Independent".
The Ugandan Wildlife Service said the lions and most of their body parts were missing and surrounded by dead eagles on Friday evening.
According to wildlife officials, the dead birds indicate that lions may have been poisoned, and they said it could not be ruled out that this was linked to "illegal trade" in wildlife.
The authority condemned this incident, while seeking to reassure the public that the reserve and wildlife are still safe. She said, "Eight dead eagles were also found at the scene, indicating that unidentified lions may have been poisoned."
She emphasized that "a team of investigators is working on the ground side by side with the police" to determine what happened to the animals.
It is believed that “overfishing” has been increasing in Uganda since the Coronavirus pandemic began in March 2020. The authority recorded 367 illegal fishing accidents in its reserves between February and May 2020, which is double the number recorded during the same period in 2019.