A livestock farmer in Birika village, Kajiado County is counting losses after a stray lion invaded his farm Sunday night and mauled to death 43 sheep and injured many others.
Daniel Wuantai said the attack which occurred at around 3 am was the third attack by lions in the last five years. His 900 acre farm borders the Nairobi National park on the western end and is inhabited by thousands of zebras, gazelles and other wild animals.
Wuantai revealed that he had entered into an agreement with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) not to fence off his land so as to provide grazing land for wild animals from the Nairobi National Park that has been depleted by a growing number of zebras.
Part of the agreement was that he would be compensated if his livestock are attacked by wild animals. He added that the attack was a great loss to his family as he depends on the sheep to pay school fees and cater for his family’s needs.
This is a great lose to the family because we all depended on these sheep to feed our children and pay for their school fees. The drought being experienced here has forced us to move our cattle away, said Wuantai.
The sheep are said to be a special breed from South Africa with one sheep going for Kshs. 15,000.
All the 41 sheep killed were valued at Sh655,000 including the cost of those injured. More than 50 sheep were still not accounted for by 11am Monday.
Kajiado senator elect, Philip Mpayeei, who was at the scene accused the management of KWS of failing to respond in time and added that he would follow up on the matter to ensure that compensation is done without delay.
Source: Kenya News Agency