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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 fines.

“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





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