Hunters in Sambisa Forest at the Konduga Local Council of Borno State have killed a lion.
The lion reportedly came from the Waza Game Reserve of Cameroun before it was caught and killed by the hunters on Tuesday March 15. The Director of Forestry and Wildlife, Ministry of Environment, Borno, Mr Peter Ayuba, confirming the incident said there has been similar cases of elephants from game reserves entering the area.
According to him: “We have similar incidents of Elephants from the game reserve entering villages in Kala-Balge Local Government Area. “There is also an incident of some hyenas killing a man in the bush in Kaga LGA. “Absence of human activities in some rural communities for several years has transformed many farmlands into thick forest.” He said that the absence of humans for several years in the village led to the animals in reserves wandering into the villages. Ayuba added that the villages hitherto had been without humans until now that people were returning to base with the gradual return of peace.
He therefore urged locals to be watchful, maintaining that the deceased lion might have pride members lurking. The Information Officer of Konduga LGA, Mallam Asheikh Chabbol, also said the lion chased some irrigation farmers in Malari village who had to invite hunters to engage it. “Hunters engaged the lion, which injured two of them before it was killed. “The injured hunters are receiving treatment while the carcass of the lion was taken to the Ministry of Environment.”