TOP SECRET ANIMAL ATTACK FILES
Special Report Forwarded by AAF Correspondents: Miki and Jeanne Perez-Lizano
from Associated Press
Herd Terrorizes Uganda
November 19 1999 at 05:47PM
|KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) --
A herd of 18 elephants terrorizing villagers near the Ugandan capital will
be relocated to a game reserve in the north, a conservationist said Saturday.
Specialists from Zimbabwe will assist a team from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in shooting the animals with tranquilizer darts Thursday and loading them on trucks, said Abe Eve of the UWA.
During the past year, the elephants have wreaked havoc on farms and villages near Wakyato, 50 miles north of Kampala, and have killed an 11-year-old child.
The elephants will be taken to the Murchison Falls National Park, and crews have been hacking out temporary roads through the bush for the trucks to use.
The animals are believed to have strayed during seasonal migration through the corridor that links Queen Elizabeth National Park in the west on Lake Edward and the park at Murchison Falls, 220 miles north.