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Kenya steps up efforts against elephant poachers in western region

KITALE (Xinhua) -- Kenya has stepped up security surveillance in the western conservation region along its border with Uganda following reports of armed ivory dealers targeting elephants, officials said on Saturday.

Security chiefs in the region announced that a surveillance team has been set up to intensify patrols along the border.

Trans-Nzoia County Commissioner Erastus Mbui and head of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) in the region Adan Alio said adequate security measures have been taken to save the elephant population, urging the community to help tackle illegal poaching.

“We realized that some ivory dealers sneaked into Mount Elgon National Park from the Ugandan side to kill elephants and remove tusk. We have dispatched a security patrol team to secure wildlife in the region,” Mbui told Xinhua.

Last week, three suspected poachers were arrested in West Pokot County and elephant tusks weighing 64 kg and with a street value of 0.6 million U.S. dollars were recovered.

The tusks were suspected to be that of two elephants that were killed late last year.

In June this year, three suspected poachers were gunned down at Mount Elgon National Park in Trans-Nzoia County after a shootout with KWS wardens. AK-47 rifles were recovered afterward. 

             

 

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