KWS vows to hunt lioness seen in Rongai – Nairobi News

The Kenya Wildlife Society (KWS) said on Wednesday night (May 22) that it had sent a special team to hunt down a lioness discovered in a residential area of ​​Ongata Rongai in Kajiado County.

The lioness was caught on CCTV scaling a border wall and snatching a pedigree dog from a private residence in the Nazarene residential area in the early hours of Wednesday.

In a statement, KWS spokesperson Paul Jinaro said the Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) team was pursuing the lioness after CCTV footage went viral on social media.

“Our Human-Wildlife Conflict (HWC) team is actively pursuing the dangerous big cat. KWS assures residents that the HWC team continues to patrol the area, supported by the more experienced Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU),” Jinaro said.

“The public is advised that heavy rains, such as those recently experienced in Nairobi, cause herbivores to migrate through the unfenced southern part of the Nairobi National Park towards settlements such as Rongai, Kitengela, Athi-Kapiti and the wider area of Kajiado and its surroundings. where waterlogged soils and areas of overgrown grass provide hiding places for predators.”

KWS added that these conditions attract predators such as lions, leopards and hyenas, which follow their prey to these areas.

“This movement of predators leads to unfortunate incidents like the one caught on CCTV,” he said.

KWS added that 80 percent of Nairobi National Park is fenced, meaning animals have escape routes, but assured that the city is safe from wildlife attacks.

According to KWS, the ongoing rains have caused significant displacement of wildlife, increasing the risk of encounters in nearby communities.

He warned residents in these areas to use caution, especially at night.

KWS also urged the public to be vigilant against misinformation, citing recent false reports of lion sightings near the Nairobi Women’s Prison along Lang’ata Road.

In February, residents of Tuala, Rongai in Kajiado East were relieved after KWS relocated eight buffaloes to Nairobi National Park.

Roaming buffalo herds had regularly appeared in residential areas over the past two weeks and posed a threat.

Schoolchildren, university students and local residents were at risk of being attacked by the marauding herd of buffalo.

KWS veterinarian Dr Mukami Ruoro, who led the exercise, said the wild animals had been relocated to Nairobi National Park in a safe location to prevent possible future attacks.

“We managed to capture the eight stray buffaloes and moved them to the national park in a safe area,” Dr Ruoro said at the time.

Instances of human-wildlife conflict in Rongai have intensified in recent years as the human population has increased and encroached on areas originally occupied by wildlife.

Local people have reported an increase in the number of buffaloes roaming freely in the area, which they say poses a major threat to human life in the area.

Buffaloes are known to be unpredictable and can pose a threat to humans if they feel threatened or provoked. Although attacks on humans are not extremely common, they can occur, especially if people get too close to or disturb the animals.

It is important to exercise caution and maintain a safe distance when encountering wild buffalo to avoid any potential danger.

Earlier, eight buffaloes were seen roaming near Oloosirkon and also at Rongai in Kajiado East.

The animals have reportedly become a threat to residents’ safety and a source of food insecurity.

That same month, KWS discovered human remains near the site where a Kajiado Multimedia University student was attacked by a hyena.

Following protests from university students, KWS admitted in a statement to having found the remains of another person who it believed had been attacked by said hyenas.

The two people were attacked by the hyena in Rongai and “seriously injured by hyenas in the Ole Kasasi area of ​​Rongai, Kajiado County,” KWS said.

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