KWS warns on animals on the loose in dry spell

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The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has warned the public to be alert as wild animals are on the loose in search of pastures and water following the dry spell experienced in the country.

A statement released on Friday morning said there may be increased human-wildlife conflict as was seen two years ago.

“The public is also advised not to set fires close to protected areas as these fires are likely going to cross over into the protected areas and further worsen the human wildlife conflict as wildlife exit to public areas,” KWS said.

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Areas already affected by the displacement of wildlife include Narok, Taita Taveta, Laikipia, Kajiado, Meru, Mau, Marsabit, Lamu and the Mt. Kenya region.

Herders taking their livestock to drink water also reportedly faced hungry crocodiles which killed 1000 goats in one month.

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The report of February 2017 monkeys breaking into houses and stealing food in different parts of the country was evident.

Residents living near conservatives and parks have been lamenting for government help in curbing the conflict that have seen their crops and livestock killed.

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