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Residents threaten to kill jumbos

05 April 2013, 18:08 Kelvin Wanjohi

Laikipia County residents have threatened to kill marauding elephants that have been destroying crops in their farms.

Speaking only a day after a herd of over 30 jumbos invaded their farms, a farmer, David Kariuki, said that they have gone to the KWS offices several times pleading with them to repair the electric fence where the jumbos use to gain entry to the farms.

He said that the human-wildlife conflict in the area has been a regular activity which keeps recurring every year especially during the planting season.

The residents vowed to take up arms on the animals since the concerned authorities are reacting negatively on the issue, prompting them to hire youths to scare the animals away at night.

Some of them have incurred losses amounting to over KES 1 million shillings, some of which had been acquired through bank loans.

However, senior warden in Rumuruti, Erick Aduda said that they have set up satellite posts to monitor the movement of animals.

He cautioned them against killing the animals terming it as ‘criminal offence which is chargeable in court’.

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