Star (Kenya)

KWS captures lion which killed 10-year-old Magarini girl last year

Jul. 28, 2017, 6:00 pm

KWS rangers when they recovered the remains of 10-year-old Winnie Makupe who was killed by a rogue lion in Magarini, August 2016. /FILE
KWS rangers when they recovered the remains of 10-year-old Winnie Makupe who was killed by a rogue lion in Magarini, August 2016. /

The lion which allegedly killed a 10-year-old girl at Kulesa village in Magarini sub-county last year was captured on Friday.

Winnie Makupe was asleep in their house in August 2016 when the big cat attacked at 3am and dragged her to a forest.

 

A team of about 10 Kenya Wildlife Service rangers managed to capture the lion after laying a steel cage with meat.

Jane Gitau, Malindi Marine Park senior warden, confirmed the lion was finally captured after terrorising residents for months.

She told journalists it fled from Tsavo East National Park where it had started wreaking havoc.

In Magarini, the warden said there have been more than eight cases of hyena and lion attacks on residents.

“The lion will be taken back to the park,” Gitau said blaming the constant cases of human-wildlife conflict onencroachment.

“The wild animals are invading residential areas due to human encroachment in Dakacha forest. Charcoal burning is to blame.”