A rogue hyena has been killed by the Kenya Wildlife Service at Raini Njeke village in Lari. The rangers killed the hyena yesterday morning near the Uplands forest. The hyena had been terrorising farmers in the past two months.
Farmers have been keeping sheep and goats indoors. The hyena has killed 10 cows and more than 20 sheep. The residents came in large numbers to witness the animal regardless of bad odor it was producing to keep away the residents and the cold weather and fog.
When the animal which was in the trap got scared more, it tried to move out by banging the cage hard, until it destroyed one part and attempting to move its head and one front leg out but residents who were armed with Rungu's went on it with machetes.
Efforts of the area Chief George Kahonoki to stop the enraged residents fell on deaf ears while he called the KWS as he feared that the wild animal would move out and injure people looking for an escape route.
On their arrival, they found it bleeding from its head and front legs and said the animals head was badly injured and that it would take a longer time to heal and they shot it dead at the head.
Area county representative Joseph Githaiga Wanjiru said the wild animal had killed more than 10 daily cows and more than twenty sheep from the village and urged the KWS to add more traps in the area so that they can help in trapping more wild animals.
"I believe the animal was not moving alone. They normally move in groups and its group members will come looking for this one while looking for food too and at that time, they will not leave the livestock alone, they will attack them again" Githaiga said.
Led by Evanson Karegei whose one daily cow was attacked and eaten by the wild animals, the residents urged the County Government to move a motion in the assembly that will see genuine cases of wild animals attacks being compensated saying most of them have ended in losses.
"We normally pay for licenses to graze our livestock in government forests, and hereby, the government is aware of us and it must control these wild animals since we neighbor the forest. A road is the boundary," Karegei said