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Man Dies from Buffalo Attack

A 23-year-old man died after a Buffalo attacked him at Maji Moto village in Narok County Sub County.

Jackson Kuntai, a form three student at Kyongong Secondary school, was herding cattle when the fierce Buffalo appeared and attacked him causing serious injuries.

Confirming the incident, the Deputy County Commissioner Felix Kisalu said Kuntai was rushed to Narok County Referral Hospital by his neighbours, where he succumbed as he underwent treatment.

“It is unfortunate that we lost such an innocent man. I wish to condole with the family for the loss of their kin,” said Kisalu.

He reiterated that a team of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers had visited the area to get details of the incident in a bid to facilitate fast compensation to the affected family.

The KWS rangers are also tracking the rogue buffalo that escaped in the thickest bush to return it to conservancies.

Kisalu urged the residents to collaborate to reduce human- wild conflict by reporting immediately when they see wild animals near their homes to enable KWS intervene in good time.

The body of the deceased is lying at the Narok County Referral Hospital Morgue awaiting postmortem.

In last month, a man escaped death narrowly after he was attacked by lions and three were cattle killed by the wild cats at Talek area, in Narok West Sub County.

The community living around the Maasai Mara game reserve now wants the county government to do a proper management plan of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve to avoid the increasing cases of human–wildlife conflicts.

A renowned Maasai environmentalist Moitalel Ole Dapash lamented the community was losing many people and their domestic animals to wildlife attacks, a situation that would be contained if there was proper management of the game reserve.

He alleged that only 35 per cent of the wildlife live in the game reserve while 65 per cent roam around the community causing huge losses.

He added that the community was paying a huge price for accepting to live with the wildlife as they were losing their domestic animals, which are the only source of their livelihood.

By Ann Salaton

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