The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) may have to fence the entire Nairobi National Park in order to contain the animals and reduce human-wildlife conflicts.
According to KWS, the rampant movement of lions may be caused by the disruption of their habitat by the construction activities going on in and around the park.
Speaking during a press interview, KWS defended the rangers who killed a lion “Mohwak”in Isinya on Wednesday, saying they did it to protect the people near the big cat from harm.
Although reports from sources indicated the killing of Mohawk, with nine bullets, sparked divergent opinion within the service, the director-general, Mr Kitili Mbathi, said the animal was too agitated to be left alive.
“At that particular time, the animal was dangerous to the public and we had to save human life by putting it down,” Mr Mbathi reiterated.
The agency’s head of veterinary services, Mr Francis Gakuya, said tranquillisers were not used to sedate the animal to render it harmless because the drugs are only handled by a few people, who are professionals.
In just two months, the country has been treated to four cases of lions escaping and loitering outside Nairobi National Park and endangering lives of people
It is now emerging that the construction works on the standard gauge railway which cuts close to the Nairobi National Park is the reason behind frequent cases off lions straying from their usual home.