By James Kariuki
A suspected poacher was Tuesday killed by Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) rangers within Lake Nakuru National park.
Senior Warden Adan Kala told the Nation that a team on patrol sighted a group of three people moving on foot along a popular animal track and trailed them.
“They managed to shoot one dead while the other two fled towards the densely forested section within the park. We have sealed off the entire park and are now using a sniffer dog to search for the suspected poachers,” he said.
Mr Kala said they managed to recover four poisoned arrows, a spear and some foodstuffs which the poachers had carried for use in their rhino poaching mission.
He said stern measures had been taken to safeguard rhinos against poachers saying a round the clock surveillance would be carried out all the time with co-ordinated intelligence activities being carried out around the park .
He said this year, four rhinos had been shot dead by poachers who used guns while the current trend of using bows and arrows showed that the poachers had changed tact due to imminent tough measures taken to protect rhinos.
“Rhinos are our flagship brand for this park since flamingoes have shifted to other parks due to reduced forage and tourists are now flocking to our park due to abundance of rhinos,” he said.
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