Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) spokesperson Wilfred Moonga says the recent news that there was a stray lion in Lusaka’s ibex hill residential area could have just caused unnecessary alarm as the reports were unsubstantiated.

Mr, Moonga said in a statement to ZANIS, today, that ZAWA rangers yesterday patrolled Ibex Hill suburb, covering Dream Valley area, to verify a news report by Muvi TV that there was a stray Lion in the area.

” The team visited three households within the area which claimed to have seen big strange spoors of a carnivore behind their homes, which they suspected and feared could have been left by a stray lion,” says the spokesperson in the statement.

Upon conducting spoor identification the officers confirmed that the suspected prints were left behind by two big dogs that roamed the area in the night.

Mr. Moonga said the footprints were sighted behind the residences of three named households. One woman, a local resident also confirmed having seen the two unidentified canids in the area.

He has urged members of the public not to panic but go about their normal daily activities as the report was not substantiated.m.

However, he advised that as much as the farming season has just began the general public should be vigilant at all times as they venture into their fields afar to cultivate their crops and to report any encounters with dangerous game animals to ZAWA for quick response.

ZANIS

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  1. Umwenso abantu. I hope the spoor identification was done well, we don’t want to hear of people being mauled.

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  2. Being near the graveyard what to you expect.Probably it is a gost let them do the seaching at night before pipos noses are eaten

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  3. Mr. Wilfred Moonga and his employers ZAWA have to search the areas that lie arround Ibex until the so called dogs or lion are captured caged or shot if it is the lion. Prayers for my people in Zambia and around the world.

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  4. Mr Kavindele used to have lions at his house near Ibex. Maybe someone should go and count them to make sure?

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