Sailunga ward councillor in Mwinilunga district, Greatson Katanga, is appealing to Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in the province to hunt down an alleged stray lion believed to have been terrorising people and livestock in Senior Chief Sailunga’s area.
Mr Katanga said the suspected stray lion’s paw prints were first spotted in his ward on February 2, this year.
He told Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Mwinilunga today that lion has so far killed five cattle belonging to a farmer in the area.
Mr Katanga said people in the area are living in fear and as a result they are unable to go to their fields and conduct their normal outdoor activities.
When contacted for a comment Mwinilunga Police officer-in-charge, Christopher Jinungo, and ZAWA Community Resource Board Chairperson, Julius Muhinda, confirmed having receive reports of the stray lion terrorising people in the district.
Mr Jinungo said police are unable to visit the area where the beast has been reported to verify the details due to lack of transport.
Mr Muhinda said he has also received the reports of the lion terrorising people and livestock in Kawiku and Sailunga areas from a livestock farmer and a civic leader.
He has since assured the people that the issue has been reported to ZAWA provincial office in Solwezi for further action.
Mr Muhinda appealed to members of the public to be alert and vigilant and report to relevant authorities immediately the beast is spotted in their respective areas and avoid moving in isolation.