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KWS set to end human-wildlife conflicts in Kwale

14 August 2013, 18:36 John Kioko

The KWS Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU) is currently in Kwale county to handle the human wildlife conflicts which are on rise in the region.

Kwale county warden Mohamed Kheir said the unit will help safeguard locals living in the area against attacks by Jumbos and other wild animals.

Kheir said the unit whose headquarters are in Laikipia was requested to pitch tent in the county to deal with the issue of human-wildlife conflicts some weeks after Jumbos killed a granny at Fingirika in Msambweni district.

The unit, Kheir said, will help KWS sort out the issue using some short term approaches as they plan to erect an electric fence around the Shimba Hills Park.

Speaking in Kwale on Tuesday, Kheir said the PAMU staff is specifically trained on how to keep off elephants from leaving parks to terrorise people.

He said they have received KES 12 million from Kenya Coastal Development Project and KES 10 million from Kenya Wildlife Service which will be used in fencing the Shimba Hills Park and especially the worse areas like Lukore, Majimboni and Tsimba.

"For that project, we have received 100 poles borrowed from Meru national park to get started," he added.

“The actual estimates for the whole fencing was KES 50 million but the little we have received will help in the meantime,” he added.

The officer stated that procurement procedure for obtaining the required materials to facilitate the implementation of the project has been intensified to ensure that everything is ready by the end of August.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer Nathan Gatundu said that elephants tend to come out of the forest during the rainy season and so the Unit will be responsible for controlling them.

“When it is raining, the forests are slippery and so elephants leave and come out to keep off the slippery grounds. That is when they raid the farms but PAMU unit will arrest the situation," he assured.

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