Man trampled to death by herd of stray jumbos in Maasai Mara (Kenya)


Robert Kiplagat 

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A man was killed by elephants in Masai Mara even as cases of human-wildlife conflict increase. County Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) senior warden Collins Omondi said the deceased, Mokolo ole Soit, was driving his livestock to a watering point when he was accosted by the jumbos. Mr Omondi told The Standard the octogenarian was unable to escape the ordeal and was instantly killed. “The incident happened when the old man was taking his livestock to Nkoilale river near Naibosho wildlife conservancy when he was ambushed by the elephants in the nearby bush,”said Omondi. 

Last week, a 76-year-old man was trampled to death by a herd of elephants at Sekenani area around the Masai Mara Game Reserve. The incident comes at a time when two other people, among them a Belgian national and a pupil living with disability, were crushed to death by elephants in separate incidents at Sekenani and Siana areas bordering the park. 
Two other people escaped with serious injuries and are receiving treatment in different health facilities in the area. 
Predators invade 
Apart from human deaths, pastoralists living near the park have also incurred losses after predators invaded their kraals and mauled their livestock. Barely a week ago, a pride of 12 lions invaded Olororek village in Mariarianda area of Narok South and killed several cattle. Wildlife conservators in the county are, however, calling on the wildlife agency and the local government to sensitise the community on co-existence with livestock.