Kenya Wildlife Services in Kilimambogo has erected traps along River Chania in an attempt to tame destructive monkeys believed to have relocated from Murang’a County.
According to the Warden In-charge Thomas Mailu, the move follows an outcry by residents of Ndula village and its environs over the invasion of destructive primates.
The villagers had expressed concern over the upsurge of baboons, apes and the Columbus monkeys said to be wrecking havoc on their farms.
These primates are not letting our crops germinate. They are actually removing the seed from the ground, and we are afraid this season we may not be able to have any crop as the squad of monkeys are all over this area, waiting for us to plant then remove the seed, complained Peter Kahasho, a resident
Area Chief Alice Njoki Kago told KNA that residents of Thika East Sub-County have been grappling with the invasion of Monkeys that are believed to have relocated from Murang’a County after a concerted war on them by Governor Mwangi wa Iria.
In March, Murang’a Governor hit the headlines after he offered his residents a Sh 3000 cash price for every monkey captured following an upsurge of destructive primates that were destroying crops in the farms.
The Warden told KNA that they are closely working with the residents to fight the monkeys, adding that it is very difficult to trap monkeys as they have a very sharp IQ and will simply avoid the traps and the area that the traps have been erected.
He also pointed out that it was equally impossible to poison monkeys as they cannot eat any poisonous substance due to their sharp sense of smell.
On marauding Hippos that have so far killed 7 people in the area, Mailu called on residents of Gichiiki village and its environs to desist from cultivating along the banks of river Athi as their crops which include maize, sugar cane and arrow roots were attracting Hippos.
He said the service has launched an onslaught on the killer hippos for the last 3 months but the animals have migrated to the lower Tana, now that Athi River is swollen. He however promised that they are keeping vigil and will very soon conclusively deal with the problem.
He called on the area residents to cooperate with KWS and at least allow 100 feet distance between their farms and the river, adding that Hippos are aquatic animals who only graze a few meters from the river.
He pointed out that they only invade homes and farms that are very close to the river.
He said for the last 3 days, armed KWS officers have patrolled the Athi River, shooting into the river in an attempt to scare the hippos, and that they have migrated.
Source: Kenya News Agency