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Africa Drought Sparks Human-Animal Conflicts September 30, 2011
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Dwindling water holes and food supplies are driving hungry and thirsty animals into Kenyan communities.
East Africa’s parching drought has caused further conflicts between Kenya’s human population and the wild animals that normally inhabit nature preserves.

The Nairobi Star reports that rogue wild animals, in search of water and food, have invaded several villages in recent weeks, critically injuring at least four people.

More than 10 people in total narrowly escaped death after being attacked by hippos, elephants and buffalo, the paper said.

Local hospitals reported the number of injured patients was increasing daily.

A 10-mile-long electric fence is being erected along Mount Kenya’s Kangaita forest to prevent wild animals from invading private farms.

A moat constructed in 1997 to keep out marauding elephants has dried up during the current drought.

Photo: Michelle Bissette