Chui Team Mtito Update: 01 September 2007
De – Snaring Report for September 2007
Alex Macharia – team leader Francis Chege Semeli Lolchuraki Nteritu Kapina James Nuymu Vincent Mutua 4KWS Rangers
During the course of the month of September the following areas were patrolled by the Mtito de-snaring team: Mtito River, Kambi ya Faru Area, Kenani, Kanga, Kyulu Station, Chyulu Gate, Ngulia, Triangle circuit & Tsavo Area.
101 SNARES COLLECTED 1 ARRESTS
The month of September has seen an increase in poaching. The dry season has driven more poachers into the National Parks. We came across plenty of footprints within the Park and signs of illegal activities especially in the Mangerete and in the Triangle.
Cattle grazing & logging within the park boundaries was also on the increase specifically in Mangerete and Yumbuni.
Lack of water has driven allot of the wildlife into the surrounding community areas leading to human wildlife conflict and poaching within the community areas.
In the Triangle we tracked 3 poachers who entered into the park at night. We followed them to their hideout camp and by 9am we managed to catch up with them. Unfortunately 2 got away, we arrested the 3rd.
We tried to tackle the poaching within the community areas by arranging for a wildlife education day in one of the schools in an area from which most of the poaching is taking place.
Report by Alex Macharia