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Mar 17

Hyenas & Stray Dogs, Begone!

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Good dog!

There has been much ado in Karura Forest recently over dogs and their relatives.

First a hyena was spotted on Kitisuru road in mid-February, and a week later actually seen in the Sigiria block.  We have tried to trap it using a Kenya Wildlife Service lion trap bitted with offal, but other nocturnal animals keep springing the trap. A large team of of FKF Scouts was deployed to try to see if the hyena was still in the forest and to warn visitors.

Kitisuru hyena

Over the following days, there were further Kitisuru sightings and reports of the animal in one or two gardens. We suspected that it was scavenging from the nyama choma (roast meat) pub on the corner of Peoponi and Kitisuru Roads. Then in early march it was learned that a hyena had been killed in Gachie, a settlement some 8 km from Karura. There have been no further sightings.

Where the animal came from remains a mystery.

Meanwhile FKF and KFS efforts to capture feral dogs in humane traps baited with fresh cow bones has yielded three dogs so far. The KSPCA collected all the dogs and is currently trying to find them owners.

 

Bad dogs: caught along the Karura River by FKF camera trap.

Lesser Spotted GenetBoth the dog and the hyena traps have also caught legitimate forest denizens, such as genets (pictured), mongooses and civets. All were quickly released unharmed, and temporarily well-fed

 

 

 

 

Finally, a handful of dog owners persist in having their pets off-leash in on-leash areas, or not having them under control at all times. A few persons have been banned from bring their dogs into the forest. Voice command control is now obligatory in all parts of Karura.

Dog owners: Please help ensure that we do not lose the privilege of walking dogs in a national forest reserve.

Kitisuru hyena