KWS warns against killing of stray animals
15 November 2013, 19:05
Nairobi - Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has warned members of
the public to desist from killing stray wildlife.
It has been reported locals are also killing some
animals for their body parts.
KWS Western Kenya Regional Manager, Catherine Wambui,
cautioned that tough measures would be taken against anyone found guilty of
perpetuating the vice.
Such action, she said, included arrest, prosecution and
“Cases of human-wildlife conflict are on the rise in this
region and it is time strict measures are put in place to avert this problem,”
said the official.
Wambui further expressed concern over the high number of
wildlife killed noting that this year alone had reported over 100 cases.
An extract from a report by the wildlife management
authority on human-wildlife conflict in the region indicated that most of the
animals involved in the conflict included, monkeys, hippos, hyenas, pythons,
leopards and crocodiles.
Local national parks are leaky. The government has been
trying to erect electric fences along the facility to control the straying of
animals and subsequent human-wildlife conflict but serious financial
constraints have hampered such plans.
Poaching and killing of stray wildlife by civilians pose
a serious challenge to the multi-billion tourism industry in the country.
Media campaigns have since been launched to make members
of the public aware of the importance of wildlife conservation.
– CAJ News