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.