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KWS plea to the public on stray wild animals
Date Published: 05 Nov, 2012
People encountering wild animals are advised to desist from killing them and instead report to the nearest Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) or government office.
Stray animals are dangerous and could kill or injure people. These animals are wild and unpredictable.
This advice follows a retaliatory attack on stray buffaloes that occurred in Bura area, Taita Taveta County on Saturday (November 3, 2012).
It has been reliably learnt that a herd of buffaloes from Tsavo West National Park have been roaming the neighbourhood in search of water and pasture.
The region has been experiencing months of dry spell leaving the habitat dry and desolate.
KWS rangers received information from members of the public and instantly responded to drive the animals back to the park. However, members of the public in their hundreds mobilised and attacked and killed eleven buffaloes on the spot prevailing upon any effort by the rangers to restrain them. The rowdy men wielding machetes then hacked and took away chunks of meat away. Scores were injured in the ensuing melee over meat.
KWS regrets incidences of human wildlife conflict in the area. We are worried that Taita Taveta communities are now resorting to attacking and consuming uninspected meat, unfit for human consumption, to address human wildlife conflict other than engaging our officers on the ground.
While human wildlife conflict incidences are regrettable, because of the damage to property and possible injuries on human, we encourage communities to liaise with KWS officials in their area to pre-empt such possibilities. This will go a long way in protecting wildlife species in the country for posterity.