24 April 2012

Kenya: Hyena Kills 11 Goats in Samburu

ELEVEN goats were killed and three others seriously injured by a hungry hyena in Loosuk village of Samburu Central district.

The incident occurred on Saturday at 5pm near Ngare-Nanyuki River after a heavy downpour in the area.

Speaking to KNA at Loosuk trading centre yesterday, the owner of the 17 goats, Lomute Lemalasia, said that three goats are still missing after the attack.

Lemalasia said the injured goats are still alive but are expected to die soon after sustaining deep wounds. He said he has reported the matter to the Maralal Kenya Wildlife Service station but no action has so far been taken.

He called on the KWS personnel to intervene before more cases are reported.

Residents urged the ministry dealing with wildlife to find ways of compensating the livestock killed by wild animals in the area adding that many families have lost their livestock.

Residents interviewed by the press have threatened to kill any hyenas spotted in the area if no action is taken by the relevant authority.

However, efforts to contact the Samburu district warden concerning the incident were fruitless as the officer in charge was not available.

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