CONFLICT

KWS should be focused on safety of humans near parks

Cases of human-wildlife conflict on the rise

In Summary

• Inasmuch as wildlife needs to be protected from poachers, people living near parks should be protected from the wild. 

• Service should monitor animals to keep them from entering human settlements. 

A KWS ranger.
HARM TO HUMANS: A KWS ranger.
Image: FILE

Tourism is among the highest of Kenya's foreign exchange earners.

Many people are employed by the Kenya Wildlife Service to protect the animals from poachers who kill elephants and rhinos for their precious tusks. But a bigger problem is the wild animals attacking human beings and little action by the service.

Let KWS work with the communities to safeguard the lives of those living near parks, forests and rivers. The service should monitor animals to keep them from entering human settlements. The state should also compensate victims of wildlife-human conflict. 

 

Mombasa