Wild animals out of the parks, warns KWS

Friday February 22 2019

human wildlife conflict

A lion passes in front of car after the feline ran away from the Amboseli National Park on March 30, 2016. PHOTO | AFP STRINGER 

PAULINE KAIRU
By PAULINE KAIRU
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Kenyans will be more likely to have encounters with wildlife, in the coming months because of the dry season, the Kenya Wildlife Service has warned.

“The ongoing dry spell being experienced in most parts of the country is displacing wildlife from their traditional habitats in search of pasture and water. This has increased conflict as the wildlife comes into contact with the public and human activities,” said a statement from the KWS on Friday.

Areas that have experienced increased incidences of human-wildlife conflict in recent weeks are Narok, Taita Taveta, Laikipia, Kajiado, Meru, Mau, Marsabit, Lamu and the Mt. Kenya region.

PROTECTED

KWS said that it had enhanced surveillance to ensure that the public is protected from wildlife.

“Foot, vehicle and aerial patrols have been intensified to manage the situation,” the KWS said.

The service warned the public not to set fires close to protected areas as the fires would cross over into the protected areas and worsen the human wildlife conflict.