KWS criticised after death of an elephant

Kenya Wildlife Service has come under sharp criticism following the death of an elephant said to have been shot by its officers in Baringo County.

The elephant is part of the herd that had been straying in the area for the past month in their annual migration following traditional dispersal routes.

The incident happened in Mogotio where the elephants were shot at.

The KWS has admitted killing one elephant saying it charged at the officers who were trying to flush them out of a maize plantation.

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 KWS Central Rift Conservancy Assistant director Aggrey Maumo said the elephants had strayed into maize plantations in the area during their annual migration while following their traditional migratory routes.

"The elephants were 21 in number and had strayed into a maize plantations. When the officers were trying to flush the herd out they charged prompting the officers to shoot. Two were shot at and one died," Mr Maumo said.

He however said KWS is still investigating the incidence.

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Last month one person succumbed to injuries in the same area after he was attacked by elephants.

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