KWS Officers Tame Ruthless Hyenas in Lamu

KWS rangers on patrol in Lamu forests KWS rangers on patrol in Lamu forests

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers in Lamu have succeeded in driving away a pack of hyenas reportedly feasting on livestock and terrorizing locals in several villages in Lamu East Sub-County including Tchundwa, Mbwajumwali and Kizingitini.

The hyenas have killed more than 200 head of livestock in Tchundwa village and its environs in the past one year, something that elicited public outcry from locals early last month and forced the KWS to take action.

Speaking to The Coast Newspaper in his office on Friday, Lamu and Tana River counties KWS Commander Mr Charles Omondi said no single hyena attack has been reported in the last one month.

He said his officers had to put up special traps in the affected areas which helped to scare away the scavengers.

Mr Omondi lauded the team of KWS rangers who participated in the exercise for the job well done in dealing with the ruthless animals.

The Commander said plans were underway to increase the number of KWS officers in the area to continue with search for the hyenas in their hideouts.

“I sent a team to Tchundwa early May to go and trap the animals.  Our intention is to catch them and take them back to Dodori National Reserve. Fortunately, the hyenas were scared away by the traps and moved out of the areas. We have not received any report of hyena attacks and no resident has spotted a hyena in those places. We believe we have succeeded in driving them away from the area,” said Mr Omondi.

He further called on residents to cooperate with the KWS officers in the area and give information that would assist in eradicating any traces of hyenas that might still be residing within.

(Story edited by Charles Ogallo)

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