KWS rangers kill rogue elephant in Aberdare forest
03 August 2016, 19:00
Nairobi - Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) rangers have killed one elephant near Aberdare forest in Mitero village of Kieni West Sub-county, Nyeri which was among other two that had invaded residents’ crop fields.
Following the development, area residents have expressed fears of an imminent attack as the other two elephants are said to be holed up in the nearby bushes.
“We are a worried lot knowing that two of them are still roaming in the nearby bushes,” remarked Titus Ndirangu, a resident.
They accused KWS of laxity in driving the animals out of their farms, saying hours had lapsed since they killed the animal without taking further action.
“We want these animals driven out of our farms to be sure we are safe and that our crops are protected,” said Ndirangu.
However, it was a disappointment for some residents who had come armed with axes and pangas possibly to have a piece of the game meat as the rangers were on guard to ensure no one drew close to the dead animal.
Area Member of County Assembly, Peter Kamau, said the invasions have become a normal occurrence between the months of July and August when the animals migrate from Mt. Kenya to Aberdare forest in search of pasture.
He called on the Government to rectify broken portions of the electric fence surrounding the game reserves to avoid such occurrences that lead to destruction of people’s livelihood.
The jumbos are said to have invaded their farms and destroyed huge chunks of their crop before KWS rangers moved in shooting one dead.
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