The police team assembled to embark on Operation: Jungle Up, the code name for the search of a dangerous bush cow, returned to Daru after successfully capturing and killing the menacing animal which was reportedly destroying farms in the Kailahun district.
There has been a report of wild animals destroying farm products and other plantations of farmers in Kenema and Kailahun districts. After disarmament followed by the banning of short guns in the country, the number of wild animals has been increasing rapidly; this has, consequently, adversely affected farmers in the regions. Some of these wild animals have been even driving farmers from their farms.
The most problematic animal of which was a reported bush cow, which was razing vegetables and crops of farms of the people of Daru town in the Kailahun district.
A team of police personnel from the Kenema division, headed by Chief Superintendent of Police A.M. Kailie, Regional Coordinator east left Kenema police division on Tuesday 15 July, and joined some local hunters from Daru town in the Kailahun district to search for the bush cow.
According to CSP Kailie, the police team comprised of technically trained personnel of the Operation Support Department (OSD) from both Kenema and Daru divisions left Kenema last week and joined the local hunters of that area in pursuit of the wild and devastating bush cow that has been terrorizing the area.
CSP Kailie added that they came across the dreadful animal after three days of relentless search in a thick bush and they engaged it; after 45 minutes struggle, they were able to slay the animal dead. The body of the bush cow was then taken to the town and given to the community people of Baiwala, while the head was brought and showed to the people of Daru and Kenema for public view.
By Saffa Moriba in Kenema