Relief as stray lioness killed in Karen

May 3, 2012 4:35 pm
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According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the lioness has been a regular albeit unwelcome guest in this neighbourhood for the past four months/AFP FILE

, NAIROBI, May 3 – A lioness that had created fear among residents of Mukoma Road in Karen/Langata next to Nairobi National Park has been killed.

According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the lioness has been a regular albeit unwelcome guest in this neighbourhood for the past four months.

A statement from KWS issued Thursday said,” Over the same period we deployed rangers and capture personnel in an effort to capture her and return her to the park or move her to another park.”

“Seven lion traps were set for the purpose but she evaded them. Over this period it became difficult to locate the lioness,” said KWS Corporate Communication Manager, Paul Udoto.

“We, however, knew that she was there as she was captured on camera traps set up by one of the area residents and numerous reports from residents,” explained Udoto.

KWS said their team sighted the elusive lioness with four cubs on Wednesday morning at around 10am and the capture team moved in.

Udoto: “Efforts to capture her alive, however failed when it aggressively charged at the rangers and veterinarians who were preparing to dart her.

The four healthy young cubs were successively rescued and are at the Nairobi Animal Orphanage said the KWS statement.”

“We appeal to residents of Mukoma Road to report to KWS should they see another lion in their area as it is possible more than one lion had strayed from the park,” concluded the KWS statement.

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