By Charles Kiragu
KWS Managing Director William Kiprono said they are trying to determine if the firearms being used for poaching are linked to the terror group.
He added that they will recruit 1,000 rangers to be deployed in all national and game reserves in an effort to tackle rising cases of poaching in the country.
Kiprono also proposed a review of penalties for poachers to reduce poaching cases.
He said the fine imposed on poachers should be increased from Kshs 30, 000 to Kshs 1.5 million and the jail term to be increased from 2 years to over 10 years.
The KWS Chief also revealed that since the beginning of the year the country has lost 137 elephants and 24 rhinos to poaching.
He added that they have also recovered 5,842 kilograms of ivory and rhino horns from poachers this year.
He said that KWS has received Kshs.47 million from the government to pay victims who are injured or killed by wild animals due to human wildlife conflict.