The Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has called for vigilance among residents along the Southern part of Nairobi National Park after two people were attacked by a Hyena on Monday evening.
In a statement, the KWS noted that the Southern part of the park serves as wildlife migratory corridor, hence the need to exercise caution.
KWS confirmed that two people including a Multi Media University student, were attacked and grievously injured by hyenas Monday evening at approximately 8.00PM, at Ole Kasasi area in Rongai, Kajiado County.
“Upon receiving reports, KWS promptly deployed the Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU), who rushed the men to Wema Hospital in Rongai. The injured were then referred to The Kenyatta National Hospital for specialized treatment, after First Aid was administered,” the statement read.
KWS further revealed that partial remains of a human being were discovered at the scene and have since been confirmed by family members.
“The PAMU team will remain on standby until all hyenas in Ole Kasasi are driven back into the park to enhance protection of members,” said the KWS.
On Tuesday, Multi Media University students held peaceful demonstrations outside the KWS Workshop Gate opposite the university.
The protests escalated while KWS senior officers held an emergency meeting with the university’s Vice Chancellor Professor Maranga and her team.
“KWS Senior Assistant Director for Southern Conservation Area, Adan Kalla, MMU Vice Chancellor Professor Maranga, and OCPD Rongai addressed the agitated students, and KWS outlined mitigation measures taken to contain the hyenas.”
The PAMU team promptly put down one hyena and proceeded to further launch an operation to identify any surrounding hyena dens.
The veterinary team accompanying PAMU are investigating the hyena carcass, to ascertain whether they could be infected with rabies or other zoonotic diseases.
KWS urged all Kenyans to promptly report any wildlife emergency cases to the nearest KWS office or contact the Service’s 24/7 hotline on 0800 597 000 for immediate intervention.