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Kenya Shoots Stray Lion After Attack On Resident

Posted: Mar 30, 2016 at 2:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)



The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has shot dead a lion on the loose in Isinya, on the outskirts of Nairobi, after it clawed a man. It was one of four recent incidents of stray lions in Nairobi and its environs.

KWS had dispatched two teams to hunt down the lion that was spotted by early risers in the town. The lion went wild after people crowded around it, injuring the man.

Paul Masela Gathitu, KWS head of corporate communications, confirmed the killing of the big cat, and said he was still investigating the circumstances under which the teams had to bring it down.

“A team from our branch in Kitengela and one that specialises in translocation at the KWS headquarters had been sent to trace the lion,” Gathitu said.

He said the lion’s habitat could not be immediately established but it could have escaped from the Nairobi National Park, or from reserves in Kitengela, Magadi, Amboseli or elsewhere.

Wednesday’s incident is the fourth in less than two months, and KWS says each of the incidents had its own explanation.

It comes just 10 days after a 63-year-old man was injured by another stray lion in Nairobi’s Mombasa Road.

The elderly man was clawed by the lion as it wandered on the busy highway early in the morning. The victim has since been discharged from hospital.

In an earlier incident, the lion, which was later identified as Cheru, had left the Nairobi park with other members of a pride.

The pride got into a homestead and mauled 78 sheep and goats.

“As they were returning into the park, Cheru lost his way and that is when it was found at Mombasa Road,” Gathitu said.

The big cats have on two occasions mauled domestic animals from nearby residential areas.