THE Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in Livingstone has dispatched its officers to Mukuni’s Chiefdom to investigate claims of a wandering wild lion.
Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, which is the only park in Livingstone, does not have lions while Mukuni Big Five Safari has lions in a highly secured cage.
ZAWA Public Relations and Communications Officer Mwila Muliyunda said her office received the claims of a wondering lion two days ago and immediately dispatched officers to Mukuni Chiefdom to look for the animal.
Ms Muliyunda said ZAWA officers had not yet found the lion from the time they started looking for the beast two days ago.
“Yes I can confirm that we received a report two days ago that some people saw a wild lion in Mukuni Chiefdom.
“ZAWA officers immediately went to the area to look for the alleged animal but so far they have not yet found the beast,” she said.
Ms Muliyunda said ZAWA officers were still on the ground looking for the animal.
She also urged residents in surrounding areas to be cautious and immediately inform ZAWA when they see the lion.
Senior Chief Munokalya Mukuni of the Toka-Leya people of Kazungula District said a wondering wild lion had allegedly killed a goat in one of the villages in the chiefdom.
He said the lion was seen by villagers roaming around for the past four days and the matter was reported to ZAWA.
Chief Mukuni suspected that the animal could have come from Kafue National park or in Mabula area where two lions were recently seen wandering.