Elephant kills ranger in Murchison Falls National Park

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Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) spokesperson, Mr Bashil Hangi.

A Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) ranger has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Nwoya District.

Sgt Scot Guma, 50, met his death at Lapono Village in Anaka Sub-county when he, together with fellow rangers, attempted to drive a herd of elephants back to Murchison Falls National Park.

The UWA spokesperson, Mr Bashil Hangi, told Kazi-njema News that Sgt Guma together with four other game rangers were responding to a distress call from community members that elephants had escaped from the game park to their village.

When the rangers tried to scare away the animals by shooting, the elephants became wild before charging at them.

Mr Hangi said the quartet decided to retreat, so they could re-organise. But in the course, Sgt Guma fell into a shallow ditch where one of the elephants trampled on him leaving him severely injured.

The spokesperson said the ranger died on the way being rushed to Anaka Hospital for medical management.

Audio: Hangi on elephant killing ranger (English)

The UWA Executive Director, Mr Sam Mwandha, eulogised the late Sgt Guma as a hard working and selfless staff who executed his work well while handling human-wildlife conflict and operational patrols.

“The institution will greatly miss his commitment, hard work, bravery and passion for conservation. He has paid the ultimate price of conserving our wildlife resources, he is a conservation hero,” Mr Mwandha said. 

Rangers at Wangkwar sector where Sgt Guma was stationed said the deceased had been active in offering quick interventions whenever the wild animals proved knotty to communities surrounding the conservation area.

The late Sgt Guma joined UWA on May 1, 1999 as a private ranger rising through the ranks to Sergeant.

Before his deployment to Murchison Falls National Park, he had worked in East Madi Wildlife Reserve for 10 years handling issues.

Sgt Guma was buried in Terego sub-county, Arua district.

Previous killing in the park

On June 14, 2020, a baboon killed an 11-month-old child in Murchison Falls National Game Park in Nwoya district. The deceased was a son to a ranger.

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