24 October 2012

Kenya: Leopards Kill 43 Sheep in Narok

Leopards have killed more than 40 sheep at a farm in Narok. Kalena ole Nchoe said three leopards invaded his home in Polonga at dawn yesterday and killed the animals.

"The leopards have been roaming the area at night for the last few days threatening our safety and that of our livestock," said Nchoe. "The leopards killed the animals and could have killed more had it not for our intervention."

He said constant animal attacks are giving residents sleepless nights and accused the Kenya Wildlife Service of negligence. "This is not the first incident of farmers losing their livestock to wild animals. We shall kill the leopards since it has become apparent that KWS is unable to contain them," said one of the farmers.

Narok county KWS chief warder David ole Kurto assured the residents that compensation for such attacks is being addressed by Parliament .

"We appeal to the residents not to kill the leopards as we move with haste to relocate them to the park. It is unfortunate that Parliament has taken long to pass the Wildlife Compensation Bill which would have enabled us to process compensation for victims who suffer losses after attacks fast," said Kurto.

Cases of human-wildlife conflict have been on the rise in the recent past with locals swearing to kill wild animals that wander into their territories.

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