Kenya: KWS Rangers Kill Elephant After Overnight Confrontation


Nicholas Komu, Daily Nation

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An elephant was shot dead by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers at Mitero in Kieni on Tuesday after an overnight confrontation with locals.

The jumbo was among three elephants that had strayed from Sangare Conservancy in Solio and invaded farms on Monday evening.

Residents battled with the elephants as they waited for KWS to respond and help get the animals back into the park.

KWS rangers responded on Tuesday morning, after the elephants had damaged crops and terrorized residents. Most children in the area failed to attend school in fear of being trampled on by the jumbos.

Game rangers who responded and tried to drive the elephants back into the park but one of them charged at them in agitation prompting them to neutralize it.

The residents said that this was not the first time that wild animals had invaded their homes noting that the situation was worsening despite the erection of an electric fence around the park.

KWS Director, Aggrey Maumo said that the situation had been contained and that the service is managing the human- wildlife conflict.

“Our officers are on the ground and have contained the matter. We are also working to manage the situation to make sure the conflict is managed,” said Mr Maumo.