The elephant that killed the Emotoroki man in Kajiado on Friday will, after all, not be brought down after it emerged on Sunday it was provoked.
The county Kenya Wildlife Service boss, Vincent Ongwae, in an exclusive interview with the Star, said the service, as it normally does with the offending game, will not kill the elephant.
“Our investigations have revealed the man, who at the time was armed with two spears invaded a family of elephants that were grazing peacefully in Emotoroki and injured one elephant,” said Ongwae.
Ongwae said that after the elephant was injured, it charged at the man and seriously wounded him. The man was rushed to Kajiado county referral hospital but succumb to injuries he earlier sustained.
Lenana Peneti is the latest victim of jumbo attacks in the Emotoroki area of Kajiado county, whose plains borders the Amboseli National park.
Most likely his family will not be compensated owing to the nature of what happened before his demise.
After Peneti was trampled by the elephant and later taken to hospital, residents of the area held several protests demanding the removal of the jumbos from their grazing plains.
Ongwae on Sunday pleaded with the residents not to take arms against the jumbos, adding that if provoked they can be “very dangerous”.
“Those jumbos are not rabbits you can chase around and even play with. Sadly, we have lost a young man, but this is also a warning to others out there that it is highly risky to wage war against the elephants,” said Ongwae.
The county KWS boss said all their stations are fully operational round the clock, and rangers are on standby and ready to help people in distress whenever there is a human/wildlife conflict.