By Alphonce Gari
An elephant has been killed by poachers at the Arabuko Sokoke forest in Kilifi county.
The poachers made away with the male jumbo's tusks.
Kenya Wildlife Service rangers found the carcass on Sunday.
"The elephant was covered with branches," said Watamu marine and national reserve warden Dickson Korir.
He said they suspect the elephant had been dead for more than a week as the carcass was decaying.
Korir yesterday said the poachers used traps made of electric wires to kill the elephant.
He said they no longer use firearms so as to avoid being detected by rangers patrolling the forest.
The poachers place the traps along the elephants' paths and wait, Korir said.
"This is a new phenomenon in Arabuko Sokoke forest. We have never experienced this type of poaching," he said. "We suspect it involves a small number of people. Not more than five."
Korir said they have arrested one person over the elephant's killing.
The suspect is being questioned on who is behind poaching in the area.
Korir said KWS rangers and Kenya Forest Services officers are looking for the other poachers, who are believed to be living in the villages near the forest.
He urged residents to report suspicious people to KWS.
Korir said the poachers could be escaping from the Tsavo National Park, which is under high surveillance, and trying to penetrate Arabuko.
They will not succeed as Arabuko is a small area, he said.
Korir said the latest elephant census shows that there are 120 to 150 elephants in the forest.
He was speaking to journalists at Gede forest.