Duma Team Chyulu Update: 01 September 2007
De – Snaring Report for September 2007
James Mbuthia – team leader Julius Kyalo Nasarwa Esimegele David Wambua Isaiah Ndei 4 KWS Rangers
Area of operation:
During the month of June the Chyulu team patrolled the following areas: Mukurulo, K.A.R.I, Kithasyu, Metava, Satellite, and Kisula.
ARRESTS 4 SNARES 123
At the beginning of the month the team spent 2 weeks in Mukurulo. Since the park gets very wet towards the end of the rainy season the Team stayed close to shelter and storage space for the equipment. The team oversaw the construction of 2 houses for the use of storage during the wet seasons.
While at Mukurulo, the team patrolled KARI area which is a poaching hotspot. 32 snares targeting medium to large game were lifted.
The wildlife moves out of the park to get to water in these areas therefore the loss of wildlife to poaching during the dry season is enormous. A concrete and permanent solution to the problem needs to be asserted. A possible solution would be to construct water troughs in the park to keep the wildlife from moving out to search for water. The tractor at Mukurulo can ferry the water to the troughs. The majority of the poachers in the Satellite area come from the Metava area. Our informers gave us some details as to the movements of the poachers in the area. We also received a tip off that the bush meat was being sold in the village. We got a team of KWS Rangers and we set some ambushes to await the culprits. We arrested 3 poachers in possession of game meat, 4 snares, 3 arrows and a bow.
During patrols in Satellite, the team lifted 24 snares targeting big game.
Cattle grazing activities are taking place, mainly by the Maasai herdsmen. We drove out over 1000 head of cattle from within the park.
The team had a hard time fighting off fires set deliberately to drive wildlife out for poaching. This temporarily stopped our desnaring and patrol operations. Those animals that fled the fires were watched by the team to keep them from falling victims to poaching. The team feels that there needs to be an organized & well managed fire burning process in the park. Firebreaks need to be made early enough before such occurrences arise.
Report by James Mbuthia