Kenya Wildlife Service rangers search for roaming Nairobi lion

Kenya’s wildlife rangers launched a search for a roaming lion that had been spotted at a Nairobi residential estate early Tuesday.

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Members of Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) search for a lion at large in Nairobi. Kenya Wildlife Service rangers launched a search for a roaming lion that had been spotted at a Nairobi residential estate. XINHUA PHOTOS – PAN SIWEI

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the lion which had strayed from the Nairobi National Park had been spotted in Nairobi’s Karen Hardy area.

The wildlife agency said it has dispatched its team to the area to confirm the sighting of the lion amid residents’ fears of being mauled by the lion.

“We have sent our teams to Hardy area in Karen, Nairobi, following unconfirmed reports of a lion being sighted. The public is asked to be cautious,” the KWS said.

The incident has disrupted movements of people along the area with most residents staying indoors for fear of being mauled by the lions.

In the space of two months, there have been at least three confirmed cases of lions coming into contact with people in Nairobi and the surrounding areas.

In early February, several lions strayed from the park at night and wandered into the Lang’ata suburb.

In the middle of last month, a 63-year-old man was almost killed by a lion as he walked to work along the Nairobi-Mombasa Road. The last incident left a motorcyclist badly injured.

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