By Raphael Mwadime
The Kenya Wildlife Services has raised alarm over the increased poaching of elephants using poisoned arrows in Tsavo region.
KWS assistant director in charge of Tsavo Conservation area, Robert Obrien said that the poachers had changed their tactics from using guns to using poisoned arrows.
Speaking during a Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association workshop in Voi, Obrien said that at least three to four elephants are treated from injuries incurred from poisoned arrows each week.
"Poachers have now changed their tactics from using guns and are now using poisoned arrows.They mostly target the elephant legs because they know an elephant cannot walk on three legs thus easier to bring it down.We appeal to community members to help us in the fight against poaching," he said.
Obrien said that four elephants have been killed through poisoned arrows in the last two months in Tsavo.He added that only one elephant had been gunned down at Dawida ranch two weeks ago.
"Four elephants have died while undergoing treatment from poisoned arrows.The elephants are shot outside the protected areas.This is the biggest challenge we are currently facing in Tsavo," he said.
Obrien pointed out Mackinon,Sagalla ,Maungu and along river Voi as the areas where the cases have mostly been reported. More....