KWS issues alert over human wildlife conflict

Written By: Rose Welimo
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Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has warned residents of Laikipia, Taita Taveta, Narok, Kajiado, Marsabit, Meru, Lamu and Mt. Kenya region of possible conflict with wildlife.

 

KWS says the increased conflict has been occasioned by the dry season that has displaced wildlife from their traditional habitats in search of pasture and water.

 

In a statement, KWS said “We wish to inform the public that as the dry spell progresses, the risk of human wildlife conflict is expected to increase until the country receives the long rains.”

 

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In the meantime, KWS has enhanced surveillance to ensure that the public is protected from wildlife. Foot, vehicle and aerial patrols have been intensified to manage the situation.

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The public has also been advised to avoid setting fires close to protected areas as these fires are likely going to cross over into the protected areas and further worsen the human wildlife conflict as wildlife exit to public areas.

Separately, Narok County residents are calling on the government to increase allocation towards environmental conservation.

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The plea comes following an increase in the number of rivers drying up which has been attributed to the destruction of the Mau forest.

Water pollution in the region has seen main sources of water in the county including the Ewaso Ng’iro river and river Narok completely dry up.

 

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