Lion Guardian Kapande has reported that a cow has been killed by a lion just a few kilometers north of our camp. He had been tracking on foot, and was sure it was one of our collared lions Nemasi, the female with three cubs. Here is Kapande with the cow.
And here you can see the scratches made by the lion…
We went to investigate and take Kapande some radio collar tracking gear. Of course his own tracking skills were correct – and he picked up Nemasi’s signal not far away. Just last week Nemasi killed another cow in the same area. Although Kapande has not been well for the last week (he has been suffering from malaria) he carried on his duties, making sure that the community does not take any action against Nemasi and her cubs. Here he is tracking.
Two days later Lion Guardian Masarie reported that another cow was killed by three lions still further north.
Masarie was sure that the offender was another one of our collared lions – this time it was a male called Kasayio with two of his friends. Kasayio had been missing for a while and we are glad that he has finally come back to the area, but were notÂ pleased that he has returned to kill livestock. Here is Masarie tracking to confirm that it was Kasayio that killed the cow.
There have been even more reports of lions killing cows recently. Most of the animals being killed are lost livestock that are left out in the bush at night. As it has been so dry the cows are wandering far to find grass and are not coming back to their bomas at night. We hope that the rains that are here now will bring grass soon, and thisÂ spate of cow killingÂ will stop.