The Star (Nairobi)

20 February 2013

Kenya: KWS Arrests Four Zebra Poachers in Narok County

KENYA Wildlife Services rangers have arrested four suspected poachers in connection with the killing of five zebras at Saputei village in Narok South district on Monday.

The village is on the outskirts of Maasai Mara .Senior warden Benard Koruta said the suspects were arrested following a tip-off from wananchi.

"The residents informed us that the poachers have been killing the zebras and colluding with illegal bush meat traders from Mai Mahiu and Nairobi," said Koruta.

He said his officers found the carcasses at the scene where they had been killed.Koruto said poachers have come up with new methods of killing wild animals. Koruta said the residents have been recruited into poaching by being paid with Sh500 for every animal killed.

"They also use motorbikes to chase zebras and giraffes to tire them before killing them," he said.Koruta said poachers have changed their tactics of transporting the meat and now are using personal vehicles as opposed to matatus.

Two weeks ago, traffic police officers arrested a suspected poacher, who had refused to stop when he was flagged down at Siyaibei on the busy Nairobi-Narok highway.

He was intercepted with 6,000kg of giraffe meat believed to have been from the world-famous Maasai Mara game reserve.The poacher was arrested by Corporal David Chumo and Constable Nicholas Musango,

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