Lamu res­i­dents fear roam­ing wildlife

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

Lamu res­i­dents in ar­eas that have been worst hit by drought have com­plained of wild an­i­mals roam­ing around their homes, putting their lives at risk.

Vil­lagers of Pan­dan­guo, Cha­laluma, Maisha Masha, Shee Mgambo, Hindi, Bar­goni and Ba­suba have said they are liv­ing in con­stant fear of be­ing at­tacked by lions and buf­faloes storm­ing vil­lages in search of food and wa­ter.

Res­i­dents have ap­pealed to the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice of­fi­cers in Lamu to con­tain the an­i­mals, say­ing the an­i­mals will soon be in­evitable.

How­ever, they say no ac­tion is yet to be taken. The hun­gry wild an­i­mals have hin­dered move­ment and school­ing since peo­ple are scared to ven­ture out­doors for fear of be­ing at­tacked. “We go very far in search of wa­ter and on most oc­ca­sions we have been com­ing in di­rect con­tact with lions, buf­faloes and ele­phants,” said Mu­saddin Shekuwe of Ba­suba.

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