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Kenya Wildlife Services Confirms Fatal Hyena Attack, Student Protests For Campus Safety

NAIROBI, KENYA – DECEMBER 11: A spotted hyena walks through grassland in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya, on December 11, 2007. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

OAN’s Elizabeth Bolbelding
4:27 PM – Tuesday, February 6, 2024

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) says one person has been killed and two others seriously injured by a hyena near a university in Rongai, Kenya, sparking student protests calling for stronger safety measures on campus. .

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Hundreds of students from Kenya’s capital Nairobi protested and blocked roads after a man was killed and two others injured by a roaming hyena near the university on the outskirts of Nairobi, the capital. .

On Tuesday, angry university students staged a protest, causing traffic chaos and police using tear gas to disperse the students. They blocked Magadi Street with stones and lit bonfires, making it impassable.

“The university is not safe because it is near a national park,” said Ochien Kefa, a student at Kenya’s Multimedia University, one of the student protesters. “Maybe the government should put some restrictions on the movement of animals.”

One person was killed and two others were injured when a hyena attacked people in Ole Kasasi area of ​​Rongai, Kajiado District, on Monday night at around 8pm.

A student at Multimedia University in Kenya was also attacked and injured by a hyena.

The injured student was identified as Kevin Mwendwa, 21, an engineering student who lost a thumb in the incident.

“Upon receiving the report, KWS immediately dispatched the Problem Animal Management Unit (PAMU) and rushed the men to Wema Hospital in Rongai. The injured were given first aid and then received specialized treatment. He was referred to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment,” the official statement said.

The Kenya Wildlife Service reported that a team sent to investigate the scene of Monday’s attack found body parts of another hyena victim.

The second person attacked by the hyena, Stephen Romo, was identified shortly afterward. He is a resident of Olmuut village in Ongata Rongai. However, he ended up becoming a victim of the animal and was seriously injured as a result of the attack.

KWS’ PAMU team killed one hyena immediately after the attack and began searching for other hyena nests nearby. A team of veterinarians is investigating the hyena’s carcass to determine if it was contaminated with rabies or other diseases.

Ultimately, Anthony Pasha was identified as the murdered individual. His family said he died while collecting firewood nearby.

“A hyena came, attacked him, chased him out of the forest and left him here,” Pasha’s cousin Kazi Resian told reporters. “He put the firewood exactly where you’re looking…over there.”

As protests intensified on Tuesday, senior KWS officials convened an emergency meeting with the university’s vice-chancellor Professor and his team.

“KWS Southern Conservation Area Senior Assistant Director Adan Kara, MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor Malanga and OCPD Officer Rongai addressed the agitated students and KWS outlined the mitigation measures taken to contain the hyena. explained,” the statement said.

The frequency of hyena attacks on the outskirts of Nairobi has increased, prompting the KWS to issue guidelines on what to do in the event of a hyena attack.

“If you encounter a hyena, don’t leave and keep facing its direction until the hyena comes. Be loud, aggressive, and look scary to deter the hyena,” KWS advised.

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