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Meru Rangers hunt for poachers

13 April 2012, 10:25 Anthony Muriuki

Kenya Wildlife Service Rangers in Meru County have launched a manhunt for poachers who yesterday killed two elephants in the Lower Imenti Forest by spearing them with a poisoned weapon. 

According to the senior warden Josphat Erupe the rangers who discovered one of the elephants at Nkunga Forest in Imenti North District, after following a blood tract have commenced on an operation meant to baffle out the poachers who have been poisoning and killing the elephants in area.  

Europe said they discovered the wildlife animals were missing before mounting a thorough search for the rogue elephant after they were tipped by members of the public that, there were poachers who had shot an elephant at a watering pan.   

He added that they suspect that the poachers are armed and in a mission to steal the tusks disputing the normal complains that the jumbos destroy crops in the nearby shambas. 

“The elephants had already died when we arrived to the scene but we found the tusks intact before the poachers arrived to take them away,” already died.” said Erupe.   

He said they have increased surveillance inside and outside the forest in a bid to net all people destined towards killing the wild animals. The officer added currently the forest is inhabited by hundreds of elephant which migrate from the Mount Kenya forest and the Lewa Downs Conservation in Laikipia for pastures which are plenty in the Lower Imenti Forest.   

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