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Stray leopard kills 45 sheep in Kajiado as drought bites more

Dead sheep belonging to Nyaiyo ole Kutata of Kiboko in Kajiado East
Dead sheep belonging to Nyaiyo ole Kutata of Kiboko in Kajiado East

Another tragedy hit a home in Kiboko area of Kajiado East constituency when a leopard descended on a Maasai manyatta and mauled 45 sheep.

This happened days after Mzee Njaiyo ole Kutata had lost several cows to drought on the slopes of Kyumbi Hills where thousands of Kajiado pastoralists have gone to graze their livestock.

Kutata said the leopard attacked his sheep early in the morning on Monday when everyone had gone to sleep and killed all the 45 local and Dorper sheep.

More dead sheep after leopard attack in Kiboko.
More dead sheep after leopard attack in Kiboko.

One cross-breed of Dorper sheep is sold at Sh15, 000 at a live-weight of 50kg in Kajiado.

The owner of the sheep said he called the area deputy county commissioner, Stephen Nyakundi from Mashuuru, who acted immediately and reported the matter to Kenya Wildlife Service.

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

The incident also occurred less than five days after Governor Joseph ole Lenku had issued ultimatum to KWS to either allow Maasai pastoralist 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 threefold owing to the current drought as beasts now invade homes in search of food.

Mashuuru DCC Nyakundi said on the phone that 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 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,” said Nyakundi.

A similar attack by lions three weeks ago in Birrika left many more dead three weeks ago belonging to Keremiah Wuantai.
A similar attack by lions three weeks ago in Birrika left many more dead three weeks ago belonging to Keremiah Wuantai.

Local residents have warned many times that if they are denied grazing in the parks and yet zebras and other animals roam their farms, they may be forced to take “other measures”.

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

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