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Incessant Masimba lion trapped, translocated to Tsavo

Community members in Masimba cordoned off by PAMU team for safety reasons. 1 lion trapped.
Community members in Masimba cordoned off by PAMU team for safety reasons. 1 lion trapped.
Ongwae said the lion which is believed to have crossed over to the grazing fields of Masimba in Kajiado County had escaped from Chyulu National Park.

Kenya Wildlife Rangers on Tuesday evening trapped a lion in Masimba, Kajiado County, hours after it attacked and injured a cow belonging to a farmer.

Head of Problem Animal Management Unit, Vincent Ongwae, and KWS’s veterinary doctor, Jeremiah Phogon assisted by a pilot flying David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust chopper and wardens managed to trap and darted the lion.

Lion's foot mark
Lion’s footmark.

Ongwae said the lion which is believed to have crossed over to the grazing fields of Masimba in Kajiado County had escaped from Chyulu National Park.

“We received information the lion had attacked a cow and took action immediately and brought down. We have already taken it Tsavo West National Park by road,” said Ongwae.

He said their veterinary doctor treated the injured cow. This happened two days after KWS trapped two rare striped hyenas and a leopard in Masimba over the weekend.

PAMU boss Vincent Ongwae on the right and veterinary doctor Jeremiah Poghon in Masimba on Tuesday evening.
PAMU boss Vincent Ongwae (right) and veterinary doctor Jeremiah Poghon in Masimba on Tuesday evening.

Ongwae said human/wildlife conflicts are on the rise after a court allowed communities to live inside Chyulu National Park on the Mikururo side.

“Predators like hyenas, leopards, and lions are frustrated in the bushes and so they decide to follow antelopes into the open fields used for local communities to graze their livestock,” said Ongwae.

PAMU team being led by Sergeant David Lokiyor follow foot prints of the Lion today morning towards Chyulu National Park through Kilinyeti.
PAMU team being led by Sergeant David Lokiyor follow footprints of the Lion today morning towards Chyulu National Park through Kilinyeti.

He said his team is working closely with local chiefs and community leaders to track down wild animals trespassing into human habitation areas. 

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