February has been a month of mixed weather patterns deviating from the usual relatively dry period. It has been both wet and dry interchangeably with unusual rain spells and visually cloudy some days. This has seen streams and rivers continue to flow, while the rate of drying vegetation and shedding of tree leaves has slowed, which are all positives for the wildlife in terms of availability of food and water.
Unfortunately, human-wildlife conflict seems to have increased and there has been an increase in snaring activities. This could have arisen as resources are gradually becoming scarce outside the Conservation areas, particularly browse and water, resulting in undue competition within the ecosystem. Hopefully, wild animals will return back inside the protected areas thus reducing the conflict in the Community areas.