Kasese Local Leaders Question Mitigation Measures Used To Reduce Human-Elephant Conflict
Local leaders in Kasese district have started questioning the mitigation measures used to reduce human-elephant conflict in the Northern sector of the Queen Elizabeth conservation area.
These say methods like use of chili pepper fences, use of fire, digging ditches were all once applied but elephants continue to cross over to human habitat.
This was at the launch of a project aimed at reducing human-elephant conflict within the northern sector of the Queen Elizabeth conservation area at Uganda wildlife research and training institute, Katwe Kabatooro town council in Kasese district.
Peter Sunday Kakule the LcIII chairperson for Nyakiyumbu sub-county noted that the methods UWA is trying to re-implement in its new project have been tested before but in vain; adding that the electric fence would have been a better option but it was started in the wrong areas.
In response to some of these challenges, the chief warden for Queen Elizabeth conservation area Pontius Ezuma said the continued elephant raid on areas of human habitat is due to the current increasing number of elephants but also said that some of the areas of human settlement were once national parks.