By Khisa Mmasi
Poaching in Mt. Elgon National park on the Kenya/Uganda border has reduced drastically this year as compared to last year.
Kenya Wildlife warden in charge of the park Mr. Collins Omondi said that during the peak of poaching last year, two poachers were shot dead.
Mr. Omondi who spoke to KNA in Kitale town noted that the poaching menace had dropped from targeting big game such as elephants for their ivory to animals such as antelopes for game meat.
He also pointed out that due to the dense population in the region, there was a lot of pressure on forest resources like wood for timber and burning charcoal as an economic activity to sustain the ever growing population.
Omondi observed that over-reliance on forest resources was causing serious environmental degradation which had resulted in deforestation, soil erosion, water shortage and global warming.
He added that honey hunters also set fires on the forests destroying the biodiversity.
He implored wananchi residing near the forests against setting fires on bushes to facilitate faster growth of pasture for their livestock in their farms as such fires could become wild and spread to the forests causing devastating damage.