The Kenya Wildlife Service says some Narok county residents collude with criminals to poach wild animals.
The county's KWS senior warden Bernard Koruta said poachers in Maasai Mara Game Park cooperate with some criminals within the area to kill elephants.
He said the poachers use money to entice some residents who help them in killing the animals. Criminals use money to accepting petty cash from selfish persons to kill the animals that bring huge economic benefits in the county.
“Some locals are colluding with poachers who give them money and gifts such as foodstuff to lure them to support their illegal activities,” Koruta said.
He said 80 per cent of the poaching in the park is carried out by the poachers with the help of locals. "Fighting poaching is a challenge to our officers since some locals are involved," Koruta said.
He was speaking during a meeting of the technical county environment committee held at the county commissioners boardroom on Thursday.
“The poison used to kill the animals is too strong as it kills a mature elephant within five to six hours after shooting,” Koruta said. He said KWS will not stop its fight against poaching .
Koruta said the agency is already educating wananchi on the importance of wildlife protection.
Relent on the war against poaching saying they have held campaigns to sensitize wananchi on the benefits of the wild animals.
The officer however put poachers on notice saying their days are numbered and those found in possession of game meat, ivory or any wild produce would be dealt with accordingly. He said they managed to recover 75% of the trophies from dead elephants
On his part, the Narok County Commissioner Kassim Farrah who chaired the meeting asked the chiefs and their assistants to help in giving information that will help curb the vice.