Wed Aug 07 20:03:07 EAT 2013
County raises illegal grazing fines in Mara
The Narok County government is set to introduce higher fines for illegal grazing of livestock in Maasai Mara Game Reserve
The Narok County government is set to introduce higher fines for illegal grazing of livestock in Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
Narok County deputy senior warden Moses Kuyoni on Wednesday said the county had approved fines of Sh200 per cow or bull and Sh50 for a goat or sheep found illegally grazing in the reserve. Previously, the county used to fine offenders Sh10,000 per herd of cattle.
Mr Kuyoni said the review was aimed at containing the grazing menace that posed great threat to wildlife.
Experts recently told a workshop that the population of animals, especially the Big Five, had declined by 70 per cent as they had to compete for pasture with cattle entering the reserve.
Narok chief warden James Sindiyo said they would not hand over the reserve to Kenya Wildlife Service.
KWS, he said, was facing poaching menace in the Tsavo conservancy and Lake Nakuru park, and there was no guarantee that it would take good care of animals in the Mara.