16 February 2004

Kenya: 15 to Trace Killer Lion

Nairobi — Fifteen game rangers have been deployed to Ngarenyiro in Laikipia District to hunt and kill the lion that mauled to death a brother to Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo.

By yesterday evening, the game experts were still combing the area to trace the beast that killed Nangiyo Ole Kaparo on Friday morning.

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) senior warden in charge of Laikipia/Samburu districts, Mr Julius Kimani, told the East African Standard on phone that the lion's foot prints had been spotted leading to Karama ranch.

He said a team of wildlife animal trackers from Laikipia Predatory Research Foundation had also joined in the hunt.

Kimani said the beast evaded a special trap brought from Nairobi on Saturday afternoon. He was, however, optimistic that the lion would be caught.

"The killer beast may attack more people because it has tasted human blood," the warden said.

The half eaten body of Kaparo was discovered in the bush a kilometre and a half from Ngarenyiro police patrol base.

The incident - the first of its kind to be reported in the area - has left residents reeling in shock.

The attack comes in the wake of revelations in the East African Standard on Saturday 14, of an increase in the number of the man-eaters in the expansive Tsavo National Park.

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