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Elephant’s translocation underway in Narok as poachers, weapons netted

Date Published: 04 Sep, 2012
Elephant’s translocation underway in Narok as poachers, weapons netted

37 elephants have so far been trans-located from Narok North District, Narok County, to Maasai Mara in a bid to mitigate cases of Human - Elephant conflict in the area. The exercise was launched last week by KWS director, Julius Kipng’etich.

Unprecedented sub division of land and farming, incompatible land uses to wildlife conservation, have seen cases of human wildlife conflict rise in recent days. The exercise is targeting 150 elephants. 60 were moved in the first phase in November 2011.

“Cases of human wildlife conflict have escalated in Narok that can be attributed to wheat farming now being practised in the area. Resident elephant population have been invading farms necessitating this translocation. Their translocation will greatly reduce conflict incidences,” says Dr. Ngene.

According to Dr. Shadrack Ngene, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Elephant Program Coordinator, translocated elephants will be fitted with GSM/GPS collar chips to monitor and track their movements in their new habitat.

Elsewhere, KWS rangers have impounded four vehicles, recovered four pieces of raw ivory, three rifles with 48 rounds of ammunitions and assorted poaching weapons in the past week across the country.

In Embu County, three suspects were arrested on Tuesday (August 28, 2012). A Vehicle was impounded and a rifle with eight rounds of ammunition and four pieces of ivory were recovered.

A G3 rifle believed to have been used for poaching activities was surrendered by elders to Namnyak Conservancy Management and KWS official in Samburu County on Thursday (August 28, 2012).

In Tsavo area, a poacher was killed and an AK 47 rifle with 40 rounds of ammunitions recovered on Sunday (September 2, 2012). KWS rangers are pursuing the poaching gang that escaped with injuries during the gun fight in adjacent areas. Elsewhere in Lamu County, a vehicle was impounded ferrying game. The suspects escaped from the scene. Investigations are underway to establish the owners of a pickup van that is being detained at Mokowe police station.

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