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Hi-tech collars for lions

Kenyan wildlife authorities are fitting livestock-raiding lions with a collar that alerts rangers when the predators venture out of Nairobi National Park.

Livestock farmers, especially Maasai herdsmen, track and kill lions to avenge the loss of animals, threatening the existence of 35 to 40 lions at the park on the outskirts of the Kenyan capital.

Spokesman Paul Muya of the Kenya Wildlife Service, said Monday rangers will be able to move to areas where the lion have encroached using co-ordinates sent by the collars and return the animals to the park. The collars send GPS co-ordinates by text messages to a rangers' cellphones.

Two lions were fitted with collars Saturday, Muya said. Collars will be fitted to 10 lions from different prides.

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