The Ugandan authorities have arrested four people suspected of killing six lions in one of the country’s most famous parks.
The lions were found dead and mutilated last Friday and their bodies surrounded by dead vultures in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
On Tuesday, the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) said the suspects were arrested in a joint operation by the military, police and the wildlife authorities.
“Today at daybreak, the suspects took the security team to a location where three heads of lions were found hidden in a tree and the fourth one was buried with 15 legs under the same tree. The suspects said they dropped one leg in the park,” the UWA said in a statement.
The authorities did not give an indication about why the lions were killed.
The wildlife authority said they found a bottle of a poisonous chemical and a jerrycan of lion fat at a banana plantation. It also found two spears, a machete and a hunting net with one of the suspects.
It said the operation had began after they received “credible information” about the suspects.
The authority had on Monday offered a cash reward of 10m shillings (about $2,725; £1,987) for leads to the suspects.
Last week, the UWA said it had been “saddened” by the killing of the lions – which are particularly known for their ability to climb trees.
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