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KWS deploys surveillance team in Rongai to contain lion on the loose

In statement sent to newsrooms by KWS Friday evening Ag. Head Corporate Communications Ngugi Gecaga, KWS refuted claims posted on social media platforms that ten lions are on the loose in Rongai, Ngong and Kitengela/FILE – KWS

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14- Kenya Wildlife Service has deployed a 24-hour surveillance team to patrol Rongai’s Tuala area for any stray lion in the environs where the unfortunate incident of a man being mauled by a lion occurred.

In statement sent to newsrooms by KWS Friday evening Ag. Head Corporate Communications Ngugi Gecaga, KWS refuted claims posted on social media platforms that ten lions are on the loose in Rongai, Ngong and Kitengela.

Gecaga called on members of the public to ignore those reports terming them as false.

On Monday, a lion killed a man outside Nairobi National Park, sending panic to residents living around the park after wildlife authorities warned the big cat was still on the loose.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said it had launched a search operation to locate and sedate the lion.

“We are reaching out to the family of the deceased with a view to visiting and consoling with them. KWS urges members of the public to stay calm and not to venture out at night until the lion is captured,” KWS said in a statement to reporters following the Monday incident.

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