Police in Kenya follow lion footprints from abandoned motorcycle, find dead man
Police in Kenya recovered the body of a man on Monday, believed to have been attacked by a lion while riding a motorcycle near a national reserve in the southern part of the country. Community members alerted the police about an abandoned motorcycle along a road near the Marere forested area close to the Shimba Hills National Reserve.
According to a police report, officers traced lion footprints from the motorcycle to a thicket, where they discovered the remains of an unidentified deceased man.
A decade ago, the lion population in Kenya was dwindling primarily due to human-wildlife conflicts. The government classified lions as endangered in 2010, estimating their population at 2,000. A more recent survey suggests an increase to 2,489.
In a troubling incident last May, 11 lions, including one of Kenya’s oldest wild lions, were speared to death within a week by herders retaliating after the big cats killed their livestock.
The Kenya Wildlife Service stated that it is actively working on long-term solutions to address the conflict while ensuring the protection of both humans and wildlife.