Here's what you should do if you encounter a wild animal

Tips on how to avoid an attack or defend yourself

A lion walks past a queue of cars in Nairobi National Park on July 14, 2013. The wild lion brought traffic to a standstill near the entrance to the park as curious tourists risked breaking park rules by leaving after closing time to view the spectacle. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA / AFP / CARL DE SOUZA

In less than 24 hours, two separate fatal hyena encounters have been reported in Kiambu county.

Over the years, stray lions have been spotted in neighbourhoods around Rongai. So, what should you do if you’re out and encounter a wild animal?

Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) has advised on measures that can be undertaken in case of an encounter with a wild animal.

Produce a Loud Sound

Show the hyena that you are an apex predator by making a loud noise, looking aggressive and frightening as if you are going to attack.

Do NOT Move

If you see an animal coming towards you stop, then back away or reroute to give that animal a path to get by you. Do not turn your back to the animal.

Make Yourself Look Big

Use a bike or your gear to try and spook the animal away from you if it hasn’t left already.

Do NOT run From the Animal

That could make you appear more like prey and entice them to chase. It is also dangerous if you choose to run and don’t know where you’re going.

Minimise Movements at Night

Most wild animals are nocturnal and have perfect vision during the dark, hence the need to avoid moving around during the dark, but if urgent, one must practice the other measures.

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