Zambezi residents urged to stop reporting false tips on lioness

Romeo Muyunda

The Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism says that false tips from residents on the whereabouts of a lioness in the Zambezi region have hindered efforts in tracking the lion.

Environment officials have been searching for the lioness since Monday, after she escaped during attempts to apprehend her in the Chefuzwe area, on the outskirts of Katima Mulilo.

The lioness was with a male lion that was put down when it attacked Likando Mambena (44).

Speaking to The Namibian on Thursday, ministerial spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said that these wild goose chases are not only hampering them from finding the lioness, but also putting a strain on the little resources and manpower they have.

Muyunda added that rain in the area has made it even more difficult to trace the lioness.

“We would like to appeal to the residents to do away with spreading false information regarding the whereabouts of the lioness, especially to our officials,” he said.

Muyunda appealed to the residents to be on high alert and not engage with the lioness if they spot it, and to instead call the appropriate authorities.

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