Man killed by buffalo in Lamu as human-wildlife conflict intensifies

Man killed by buffalo in Lamu as human-wildlife conflict intensifies

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A buffalo grazing in the park. PHOTO: BARAKA FM.

Lamu, KENYA: A middle aged man was on Tuesday evening attacked and gored to death by a buffalo as he went searching for water in Kililana village in Lamu County.

Omar Mbili,43,met his death after the thirsty buffalo emerged from a thicket and attacked him killing him on the spot.

Confirming the incident,Lamu county KWS commander Jacob Orale appealed to locals to keep away from bushes and forests especially at this time of biting drought.

Orale said the number of roaming wild animals had greatly increased due to the current drought situation; where the animals are now moving out of their habitats in search of food and water.

“The deceased died after being attacked by a buffalo that we suspect was looking for water too. Unfortunately due to the drought,we are experiencing a situation where wild animals are now coming closer to human residences in search for food and the meantime,it will help for people stay away from bushes and forests to avoid being attacked,”said Orale.

The incident comes just a day after a herder from Bargoni in Lamu East escaped death narrowly after he was attacked and bitten by a hippo.

Mohamed Duale,30 was asleep in his Manyatta when the uninvited hippo came knocking in search of water before attacking him.

Residents have called on the KWS to contain the animals in order to evade any more deaths and fatalities.

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Due to the drought situation, thousands of wildlife have been pushed out of their natural habitats due to the influx of foreign livestock coming in from neighboring counties and disrupting life at the habitats.

The clearing of forests especially at areas earmarked for mega industrial projects like the LAPSSET has also been cited as a major contributor to increased human-wildlife conflict