A crocodile, weighing over 600 kilograms, was recently captured by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Mayuge, following reports that the beast had attacked many people in past months and allegedly killed at least 8 villagers since the beginning of the year.
Residents had threatened to find and kill the monster croc and all other crocodiles nearby if UWA would not act immediately, which then happened soon afterwards. The crocodile was reportedly relocated into the Nile in Murchisons Falls National Park. According to UWA sources, the croc is estimated to be around 60 years old. UWA has a dedicated unit dealing with problem animals, which is dispatched from Kampala to deal with rogue animals, capture them as and where possible, and then relocate them into the safety of a national park.
Meanwhile, the Uganda Wildlife Authority also released statistics of entries into the parks by Ugandan citizens for recreational purposes, which have last year risen to nearly 30,000, an increase of nearly 30 percent compared to the figures available for 2007. UWA is regularly promoting park visits by, for instance, slashing park entrance fees for citizens over holiday periods or as done last year on the occasion of the International Bird Watching Day, offering free entrance, an effort which has clearly brought the desired results.