One of the stray hippos that had been troubling the residents of Saruti B in Kasese municipality has been killed.
In July of last year, hippos escaped from Queen Elizabeth National Park and took up residence in the stagnant water in Kanyangeya jail, which is located near the Nyamwaba River.
This is the second river hippo slain by villagers in the municipality in less than two months.
Residents claim that wild animals are ruining their gardens and homes.
The hippo stormed their neighborhood around 5.00 a.m. on Monday, destroying two toilets and one kitchen, according to Sunday Saliveri.
He claimed that villagers retaliated after being attacked by wild animals.
Other people stated that the Uganda Wildlife Authority-UWA had ignored their requests for compensation whenever their properties were destroyed.
According to Mbambu Janet, chairperson of LC I Saruti B, hippos have ruined many people’s gardens and property without recompense.
Alice Natukunda, the community conservation warden at Rwenzori Mountain National Park, said they acted after getting a phone call from a villager, but it was too late.
Natukunda, on the other hand, urged residents living near the park to always report stray animals to the authorities rather than resorting to mob action.
The carcass was picked up by the UWA crew for disposal.
Wildlife attacks on communities in the park’s vicinity have been common.
A hippo attacked Charles Mugisa and devoured his legs as he was returning from his brickmaking practice in August of last year. Residents have frequently killed the species in retaliation.