Justice for Mohawk the Lion, Shot By Rangers for Leaving Park

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Target: William Kibet Kiprono, Director of Kenya Wildlife Service

Goal: Suspend rangers who shot and killed Mohawk the Lion instead of subduing him via non-lethal means.

A popular 13-year-old lion named Mohawk was shot and killed by Kenyan Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers after he escaped from the Nairobi National Park. Mohawk had wandered 12 miles into the town of Isinya, where a large group of several hundred people began crowding around him. Distressed by the “rowdiness and size of the crowd,” the animal attacked a man on a motorcycle, leaving him with bruises and lacerations to his back. It was at this point that the rangers on the scene shot Mohawk multiple times, killing him.

The lion’s death is tragic in that it was completely preventable. According to Perez Olindo of the Kenya Wildlife Conservation and Management Department, “There are many biological means of subduing lions and translocating them, which is purely the mandate of the KWS. Killing them is not part of the agency’s role and does not mean lions will not stray from the park.”

Many people are outraged and have questioned why the rangers did not elect to subdue Mohawk with nonlethal implements. The answer, apparently, is that they were not equipped with any. A team of veterinarians carrying tranquilizers were reportedly on their way to the scene when Mohawk was gunned down. It defies logic that the rangers would not be armed with tranquilizers, especially considering how common these incidents have become.

As reported by CNN, the Nairobi National Park, which is also home to endangered black rhinos, “is getting encroached on by lucrative development projects. The [Kenyan] government also started building a highway through a section of the park, agitating the animals with constant noise.” It is no wonder, then, that animals like Mohawk stray from the park.

Clearly, the KWS rangers who shot Mohawk are unprepared to deal with these increasingly common situations. Please sign the below petition to demand that they be suspended, the incident thoroughly investigated, and appropriate action taken to ensure that no other lions meet with Mohawk’s tragic fate.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kiprono,

Like millions of other people around the world, I was shocked to hear of the killing of Mohawk the Lion by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers. These individuals should be trained and equipped to defuse these situations without resorting to lethal force. After all, their job is to conserve the animals living in Nairobi National Park, not kill them.

In light of Mohawk’s tragic death, I urge you to suspend the rangers responsible and launch a thorough investigation into the incident. Furthermore, in the interest of preventing similar incidents in the future, it is imperative that all Kenya Wildlife Service rangers are adequately trained on how to subdue capture animals without injuring them. Please see to this immediately.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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47 Comments

  1. Catherine Dugan says:

    Why do these people feel that is justifiable to kill these beautiful animals? If Mohawk was making a problem, tranquilize him instead of killing him!

  2. Nature treats back now ? bastards
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now
    You never shoot again

  3. Bunch of hypocrites!
    get on your high-horses when an innocent creature is shot dead… but then sit down to eat a meal that contains an animal that was killed !
    all of you people are DIRECTLY responsible for an animals death every single day of your life that you continue to put that animal protein in your greedy little mouths.

    would you just wake up for once !!!

    (vegetarians are excluded from this comment)

    • Marc If you want to be more accurate then your comment should include vegetarians if they still eat cheese and drink milk, as to produce both these products also harms animals in that the cows have to be pregnant in order to produce milk and then their baby calves are taken away from them and often just bludgeoned to death cruelly.
      You would need to be vegan who does not wear leather. It is very hard to live in this world without causing harm in same way to animals.
      Not saying I am condoning it, because of.

    • Shut the fuck up…I’m tired of vegans talking to ppl like this, YOU want ppl to change, your way won’t fucking work, you sound and act like an asshole, this LION was NOT killed for food! I eat fish, you think all stores carry vegan…NO THEY DO NOT!
      I’d NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THE WORD VEGAN, till it was on Facebook, so stop pointing a finger and talking shit, and get the stores to carry vegan…I’m a vegetarian, and we DO NOT push our life style on anyone!
      Get some goddamn manners!

  4. HUMANS ARE THE DANGEROUS TO EVERYTHING LIVING.

    • Angelia Long says:

      This is so true Eva. And alot of us are still not trying to minimise the distruction that blazes in our trails 🙁

  5. Make examples of these rangers. THIS INSANITY MUST STOP AND HOW DO YOU STOP OTHERS FROM SLAUGHTERING ANIMALS WHEN THOSE BEING PAID TO PROTECT THEM ARE KILLING THEM? IT MAKES ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE AT ALL! PUNISH THESE RANGERS TO THE MAX PLUS 10. THEY MUST BE TRAINED TO USE THEIR BRAINS FIRST AND THEN THEIR GUNS ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY THERE WERE ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO HAVE STOPPED THE MOB AND MOHAWK.

    RIP POOR MOHAWK AND MAY YOU RECEIVE JUSTICE FROM ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN YOUR MURDER. THIS IS A VERY SAD AND SICK STORY ABOUT THE PROBLEMS HUMANS HAVE DEALING WITH WILD ANIMALS EVEN THOUGH HUMANS TAKE OVER THE ANIMALS HABITAT. WE MUST LEARN TO SHARE AND LIVE IN HARMONY ……NOT IN MURDER!!

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    P. O. S. ‘s need to rot!!’ 🙁
    Signed & Shared.

  7. These so called rangers are no different than the low life’s who think they are little soldiers killing wild animals.

    There is no excuse for this,he was there to protect and get the lion back to where he belonged.I hope this person is no longer a ranger,there is enough wild animal cowards shooting for fun around,without having so called rangers doing the same.

  8. How did he escape in first place?? That is the question soneone is not doing their job properly and because of that innocent animals are being killed.

  9. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    William Kibet Kiprono – It seems to me the Rangers could have tranquilized Mohawk; I don’t understand why they chose to end his life. Totally unnecessary and unacceptable. Aren’t these the same Rangers that were put in place to protect lions like Mohawk? This makes me sick…

  10. So the KWS is pretty much just like the N. American Fish & Wildlife departments in both the US & Canada. Useless, brain-dead, amoral idiots who can’t be trusted with weapons, since they SO often do the WRONG thing.

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