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Man mauled to death by lion at Game Park 

Lion reportedly mauls man to death at the Shimba Hills National Park Reserve in Kwale County.

According to a police report, the victim was riding on a motorcycle in the park when he was attacked on Sunday night.

Kenya Wildlife Service said they discovered the body of the deceased while on patrol at around 9am on New Year.

A warden found an abandoned motorcycle at Marere forest area on the Kwale – Kinango road and suspected something was not okay.

He also found lion foot prints in the area.

After a short follow up the warden was joined by his colleagues and found freshly human body parts of unknown male African adult suspected to have been mauled by a lion.

“After a short follow up they found freshly human body parts of unknown male African adult suspected to have been mauled by a lion,” read the statement.

“Police officers from Kwale Police Station led by County Police Commander and KWS officers visited the scene…The remains of the body have been collected and taken to Kwale sub-county hospital mortuary awaiting identification and postmortem.”

Police said they are yet to identify the deceased man.

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This marks another case of human-wildlife conflict. There have been efforts to address the menace in places near the parks.

The Kenya Wildlife Service has established a rapid response unit to patrol areas facing human-wildlife conflict.

The Problem Animal Management Unit, will be working closely with affected communities as part of the elaborate measures taken by KWS to stem human-wildlife conflict and encourage co-existence between wildlife and communities.

The PAMU unit has been tasked with continuously monitoring and rapidly responding to emerging conflicts and incidences.

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