By Renson Mnyamwezi
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers have shot dead a suspected poacher believed to be part of a gang that has been killing elephants in the sprawling Tsavo National Park.
The unidentified poacher was killed on Saturday night in Taita-Taveta County after a fierce gun battle that also led to the capture of two unnamed poachers.
This comes at a time concerns are being raised over how poachers kill wildlife in protected game parks and private sanctuaries.
KWS officials said they recovered a G3 rifle with 11 bullets, hacksaw and assortment of other equipment.
Tsavo National Park Assistant Director Wilson Korir said the poacher was shot dead after a fierce shootout between rangers and poachers at Kalalani area in Kitui National Reserve, a well-guarded park. âWe caught up with the gang following a tip-off from the local community,â he said, adding: âFive other armed gang members, however, escaped but KWS is looking for them.â
Briefing The Standard yesterday, Mr Korir said they have intensified surveillance to dismantle a gang that has been killing elephants, rhinos and rangers in the park. Korir said poachers had killed four rangers in the recent past, an issue that has raised concern among conservationists. More....