Hu­man-wildlife con­flict in Narok gets dan­ger­ous

The Star (Kenya) - - Voices -

Hu­man-wildlife con­flict is on the rise in Narok. Last week, a hyena broke into the sheep pen in Par­muat Kool’s home­stead, in Ma­ji­moto vil­lage, Narok South sub­county, and killed 50 sheep, in­jur­ing six oth­ers. The at­tack hap­pened at night when the vil­lagers and the owner were a sleep. Ac­cord­ing to them, hye­nas have killed 200 sheep in dif­fer­ent home­steads in the area in the past three months. They are now an an­gry lot due to the losses they have suf­fered. For in­stance, Kool said he in­curred a Sh400,000 loss on that par­tic­u­lar night. He said his fam­ily of 17 de­pended on the live­stock for food and in­come.They have no idea what they’ll do next to keep their cat­tle safe. The have tried all they can. The county gov­ern­ment should now step in and co­or­di­nate with the Kenya Wildlife Ser­vice and sort out this is­sue be­fore it goes out of hand and the pas­trolists start tak­ing re­venge.

MUSTAPHA JUMA Kakamega

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