Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Managing Conflict between Man & Wildlife

25 January 2018

Categories: Big Cats Campaign News, Kenya News

By Shadrack Kimeu, Victor Cheruiyot, Moses Nyagah and Moses Gitonga – Meru Field Team

Conflict between predators and people has been have been on a rise in Garbatula located in Isiolo County and which abuts Meru National Park. One community member was injured by a lion and was treated at the local hospital. Reports of livestock killed and others attacked by hyenas and lions were received in the last one week.

The KWS and Born Free teams visited the area and held meetings with the area leaders and community members with the aim of obtaining further insights on the situation as well as to commiserate with the injured and those who had lost their livestock.

During the night, we also conducted a callback survey where we played sounds of lions and hyenas feasting on prey in five minutes’ intervals. Within the first 15 minutes, at least 15 hyenas responded and none from lions. However, we sighted several lion spoors while moving from one village to another. This gave us an indication of where the predators were.

The KWS Research Department plans to develop a report of the findings which hopefully, with funding, will assist in controlling and managing these predators to reduce the human-wildlife conflict in this community.

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