Stop ru­in­ing wild an­i­mals’ habi­tats, Lamu res­i­dents told

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice has warned Lamu res­i­dents against in­vad­ing wildlife habi­tats as it leads to in­creased con­flict.

It says the prob­lem has re­sulted in an over­flow of wildlife into hu­man res­i­den­tial ar­eas, as they have nowhere to hide and live af­ter their habi­tats were cleared for hu­man set­tle­ment.

Speaking in his of­fice, county KWS com­man­der Ja­cob Orale said the ever grow­ing hu­man-wildlife con­flict is mainly be­cause of in­va­sion of wildlife habi­tats. He ac­cused res­i­dents of Pan­dan­guo, Bar­goni, Kililana, Mashun­d­u­ani, Kwasasi and Lake Amu in Mpeke­toni of de­stroy­ing forests and forc­ing wild an­i­mals to stray into hu­man zones.

Orale said the high in­flux of live­stock from the neigh­bour­ing Tana River, Wa­jir and Garissa coun­ties has led to the dry­ing up of ma­jor sources of water for the wildlife. He said his of­fice had writ­ten to con­ser­van­cies to help sink bore­holes and put up water pans for wildlife.

“The big­gest chal­lenge is the de­struc­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment, es­pe­cially forests. Many herders have mi­grated to Lamu and that’s a very big prob­lem for us and the wildlife. Peo­ple lit­er­ally stay in homes be­long­ing to th­ese an­i­mals. That’s why the an­i­mals roam, “Orale said.

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