Stray lion shot dead in Isinya after injuring a man
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wardens shot dead a lion on the loose in Isinya, on the outskirts of Nairobi, after it clawed a man.
KWS had dispatched two teams to hunt down the lion that was spotted by early risers in the town on Wednesday. The lion went wild after people crowded around it, injuring the man.
KWS head of corporate communications, Paul Masela Gathitu, confirmed the shooting dead of the big cat, and said he was still investigating the circumstances under which the teams had to bring it down.
“A team from our branch in Kitengela and one that specialises in translocation at the KWS headquarters had been sent to trace the lion,” Mr Gathitu said.
He had said the lion would be driven back to its habitat once and its reason for leaving established.
He said the lion’s habitat could not be immediately established but it could have escaped from the Nairobi National Park, or from reserves in Kitengela, Magadi, Amboseli or elsewhere.
“Again, we urge the public to be calm and report to the authorities if they spot a lion or any other wild animals,” he said.
This comes just 10 days after a 63-year-old man was injured by another stray lion in Nairobi’s Mombasa Road.
The elderly man was clawed by the lion as it wandered on the busy highway early in the morning. He had since been discharged from hospital.
In an earlier incident, the lion, which was later identified as Cheru, had left the Nairobi park with other members of a pride.