Another lion killed as meeting called to address human-wildlife conflict

April 1, 2016 9:39 am
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Maasai morans speared the lion named Lemek to death on Thursday, only a day after KWS wardens gunned down another lion named Mohawk/FILE
Maasai morans speared the lion named Lemek to death on Thursday, only a day after KWS wardens gunned down another lion named Mohawk/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 1 – Another lion has been killed in Kajiado even as the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) emphasised the need for co-existence between communities and wildlife.

Maasai morans speared the lion named Lemek to death on Thursday, only a day after KWS wardens gunned down another lion named Mohawk.

“The morans killed the lion after it killed a cow at Oloshaki village. Later on, our wardens came and took the carcass away. This trend is worrying because it is an indication of human wildlife conflict which needs to be addressed,” KWS Communications Manager Paul Udoto stated.

He further indicated that a meeting had been called with various communities next week on Tuesday to address the issue of wildlife conflict.

He stated that the meeting is expected to explore ways in which KWS can better work with communities living near Nairobi National Park to mitigate ongoing conflict.

The offenders of this act, which is forbidden under the Wildlife and Conservation Management Act, 2013, could not be immediately identified. Investigations are underway to establish the parties responsible.

Earlier in the day, KWS had received a report of two or three lions sighted in the Oleshei area near Old Kitengela Township, which prompted KWS to mobilise an aerial search.

The search, which was intended to observe and drive the reported lions back to the park, lasted three hours and yielded no results.

KWS is currently establishing if Lemek was one of the lions seen earlier in the day.

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