A Twist of Fate
Our field officers record any animal mortality while they are on patrol. In some cases animals are killed by people in retaliation or misunderstanding of the threat that species poses to human life or livelihood. In other cases they record road mortality be it domestic dogs, livestock or wild animals. In a different twist of events, Lumumba Mutiso recorded a juvenile spotted hyena that was killed by wild pigs when it tried to hunt young wild pig in Salama on the Stanley Ranch.
Poaching is another cause of mortality. In Mti Moja, Salama, a zebra carcass was found skinned and all the flesh removed. We suspect that the meat will make its way in the illegal bush meat trade that is becoming a menace in Salama. The same people who are a part of the poaching are often also responsible for cattle theft. Jimmy Muli assisted authorities with recovery of cattle that had been stolen in Ulu by Maasai pastoralists. The community has since formed a community watch group of youth to patrol the area to lookout for unauthorized herders and livestock that may be associated with the cattle theft.