Two arrested for poisoning 'Big Cats' in Kenya

2015-12-08 17:03


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Nairobi - A Narok County wildlife official says two Maasai herdsmen have been arrested for allegedly poisoning lions in Masaai Mara Game Reserve after the lions killed two of their cows.

Moses Kuyioni said on Tuesday a fourth suspect is still at large. Kuyioni says the men are suspected of poisoning meat which they set up for the lions to eat. One lion died. Kuyioni says the lions had attacked the herdsmen's cattle when they entered the game reserve in western Kenya on Sunday.

Kuyioni says because of land division and urbanization, the Maasai herdsmen have little option but to explore the game reserve for food as their traditional grazing lands have been subdivided to individuals.

He says human-wildlife conflict is a big threat to the existence of lions in Kenya.

The lions belonged to the pride featured in the BBC series Big Cat Diaries.

Read more on:    bbc  |  kenya  |  conservation  |  east africa

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