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KWS on spot after stray leopard kills 45 sheep in Kajiado

Residents view the carcases of sheep mauled by a stray leopard at the home of Nyaiyo ole Katutu in Kiboko area of Kajiado East constituency, Monday September 25, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY
Residents view the carcases of sheep mauled by a stray leopard at the home of Nyaiyo ole Katutu in Kiboko area of Kajiado East constituency, Monday September 25, 2017. /KURGAT MARINDANY

A leopard mauled 45 sheep in a manyatta at Kiboko village in Kajiado East constituency on Monday at dawn.

Mzee Njaiyo ole Kutata said he lost a Dorper sheep, which is sold at Sh15,000 for 50kg live weight, to the stray animal.

He said the family recently lost several cows to drought on the slopes of Kyumbi Hills.

Kutata said his calls to KWS through deputy county commissioner Stephen Nyakundi from Mashuuru were futile.

“We sent the message early enough but those KWS scouts have not turned up as at 2.15 pm,” he said.

“I am annoyed with them because if it was their wild animal that had been killed, they would have been here on helicopters early enough to arrest us.”

Five days ago, Governor Joseph Lenku issued an ultimatum to KWS to either allow Maasai pastoralists graze their livestock in the parks or collect all their stray wildlife from Maasai pastureland.

Cases of human/wildlife conflict, Lenku said last week, has gone up owing to the current drought as beasts now invade homes in search of food.

Nyakundi said cases of hyenas, lions, and leopards attacking villages is now common and threatens lives of school-going children.

“This is a complicated issue that requires the serious involvement of many government arms to resolve.”

“If it continues to go on like this as many people lose their livestock to drought worse things may crop up,” Nyakundi said.

Local residents have warned many times that if they are denied a chance to graze in the parks and yet zebras and other animals roam their farms.

Fangs of drought have been felt across the county as cows continue to die due to lack of pasture and water.

Read: Let livestock graze in parks or we kill trespassing wildlife, Lenku tells KWS