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Angry residents kill six stray lions in the outskirts of Nairobi

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Nairobi (Alshahid)-Two lions and four cubs have been killed by angry residents on the outskirt of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, after they invaded a homestead killing a dozen of livestock, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said.

Francis Kasha, a livestock keeper, whose animals were killed in a previous attack says these types of incidents have been on the increase, forcing herders to find a solution on how to protect their animals.

“We have witnessed a great tragedy when lions come to eat our goats. This time they came at about 3.30am,” said Mr Kasha.

KWS Corporate Communication Manager Paul Udoto said they were investigating the incident.

“I urge Kenyans to desist from killing straying wild animals and instead report the matter to us as these animals are part of our national heritage,” he said.

The animals, who were killed on Wednesday night, strayed from Nairobi’s national park.

About 2,000 lions remain in the country and the KWS says it is losing the animals at a rate of around 100 each year.

Nairobi National Park is only partially fenced off to allow animals to move around and migrate.

In May, rangers were forced to shoot a lioness after it stalked an upmarket Nairobi neighbourhood for months.

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