Stray lion killed after injuring man, killing livestock

Tuesday November 06 2018
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The stray lion that was killed by residents of Maragwa in Tharaka North Sub-county, Tharaka Nithi, after injuring a man and killing livestock, November 6, 2018. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP


Residents of Maragwa in Tharaka-North Sub-county have hunted down and killed a stray lion that seriously injured a man.

They attacked the animal on Monday evening, using arrows and pangas, after finding it hiding in a nearby thicket.


The lion strayed from Meru National Park.

Mutiria Ciamatiro, a resident, said that by the afternoon, the lion had killed 10 goats and two cows.

“It killed my cow on Friday night and injured a goat belonging to my neighbour Peter Mugambi,” said Mr Ciamatiro.


George Muthee Mbabu, who was injured by the lion on Sunday evening, is recuperating at Chaaria Hospital.

Mr Mbabu, who suffered injuries to the head and chest, was referred from Marimanti Hospital.

He was saved by people who responded to his cries for help.

Maragwa chief William Kwenga told reporters that he was taken to hospital in a critical state.

“The man has deep injuries in his head and chest because when the residents arrived, the animal had already wrestled him down,” said Mr Kwenga.

Kathangacini chief Kibuti Ndango said that on Saturday, a lion attacked one Jane Kainda as she drove her livestock home from a grazing field.