KWS to pay 49 victims of wildlife
By JOSEPH MUCHIRI
Forty nine people in Mbeere will be given Sh50,000 each by Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) for injuries they sustained when attacked by wild animals.
Four families whose members were killed during such attacks will be compensated with Sh200,000 each.
Speaking to The Standard in her officer, KWS Embu County warden, Jane Gitau said most attacks occurred in Siakago, Ishiara and along River Tana and Kiambere and Masinga dams.
"Compensation claims can be made following injuries or deaths arising from wildlife if it is confirmed they were caused by the animal," said Gitau.
She said the injured person should report to KWS and the police immediately to get a P3 form.
She however added in cases of extreme injuries relatives can report to police and then KWS.
The officer said most attacks in the area resulted from snakebites, hyenas, crocodiles and hyenas.
"Individuals should endeavour to protect themselves depending on where and how they live," she said.
To prevent snakebites, she urged residents to clear bushes around homesteads and burn tyre, which are believed to repulse snakes.
However in the unfortunate case of a snakebite, the officer said the victim should be taken to hospital immediately. She cautioned against relying on local treatment of snakebites.
"Even if one is treated at home, they should still go to hospital and get anti-venom, stocked in all government hospitals in this area," she offered.
Most of Mbeere is semi-arid with abundance of flora and fauna making the place home to many animals, leading to serious human animal conflict.
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