Hyena escapes from Jos wildlife park, neigbours cry out – IROHIN ODUA

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Hyena escapes from Jos wildlife park, neigbours cry out

By Samuel Ogunsona

A dangerous Hyena that escaped from its enclosure at the Jos Wildlife Park has put nearby communities and residents in a state of fear.

The park management confirmed that the incident happened last weekend assuring the public that all efforts are being made to track and recapture the animal.

The Wildlife Park in Dong Community in Jos North Local Government Area, Plateau State, is one of the topmost tourist attractions in Nigeria where nature has been conserved.

The park is one of the biggest zoological gardens and parks in Nigeria.

A statement released on Monday by the General Manager of the Plateau State Tourism Corporation, Chuwang Pwajok, confirmed that all hands are on deck to track down the wild animal.

“The effort has been ongoing since yesterday all through today and the report reaching me at the Jos wildlife unit has it clearly that the animal, the expectation at least, is that it will not wander off far from its abode because it hadn’t been acclimatised to the surrounding environment and all it knew is the Jos wildlife park” he said.

He continued “You know the park is quite a huge span of land and all hands are on deck trying to locate the animal and lure it back into its enclosure.

“So, we’re all trying our best to make sure that there’s no harm to the people within the park and even the animal. We sent out information to the public, informing them of what had happened.” He added.

Pwajok in his statements also dismissed the rumor that the Hyana escaped from the park due to hunger.

He said, “I just want to use this opportunity to address some misconceptions concerning what might have led to the escape of the animal. I want to plead with the general public to resist the temptation of using social media to send out unverified information.

“There are insinuations in some quarters that it left its enclosure due to hunger which is far from the truth. If anything, those who visited the park some months back and have equally gone back recently will attest that all our animals are looking healthier than they were before because Governor Caleb Mutfwang has graciously approved an upward review for the animals at the Jos Wildlife Park. The resources for feeding these animals have consistently been released to this corporation.

“And, one of the major priority areas at the management team of the Plateau Tourism Corporation has remained the Jos Wildlife Park. Though several challenges bedevil the park due to long years of neglect, these challenges are disappearing.

Some of the cages are old and we have consistently helped to manage this situation. I am very happy to report that very active measures are in place and very soon all the cages will be rehabilitated and modernised and people will see the new Jos Wildlife Park which will give them a rewarding game-viewing experience. The rumour that the escape is due to hunger is therefore far from the truth.” He added.

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