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A wild animal causes huge loss in Mathioya after killing goats and sheep

Residents of  Githiga village in Mathioya sub county of Murang’a are counting losses after their goats and sheep were  killed by an unknown wild animal.

Since last  week, more than 20 goats belonging to various local farmers were killed by an animal suspected to be a leopard.

Peter  Karanja, a livestock farmer, lamented that on Saturday the animal descended on his goats shed
killing 12 of them.

The  farmer decried the huge loss saying he was only left with one cow after all of his goats were  killed by the animal believed to have strayed from neighboring Aberdare National Park.

The residents argued that the animal has instilled fear and they are also scared to pick their tea from  farms.

“Apart from killing our goats and sheep, we are living in fear because the animal may attack us. No one  is brave enough to pick tea as the animal may be hiding under tea bushes,” lamented Karanja.

Another resident, Diana Wangechi said she has been unable to fetch water for domestic use as she is  scared to be attacked by the animal.

Wangechi  asked officers from Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) to act swiftly and trap the animal which is  giving farmers sleepless nights.

“We can’t continue living like this. This animal needs to be trapped and returned to the game park. We  are also scared that our children may be attacked!” posed Wangechi.

Alice Mueni, who is a casual worker on tea farms in the area said after the animal was reported in the  area she feared working from farms.

“It’s risky to pick tea from farms as we suspect the animal could be hiding under tea bushes. I will  only resume picking tea once the animal is trapped or killed.” added Mueni.

Area  Chief, Samuel Karanja  said they have reported the matter to the offices of KWS and a trap has been deployed to help catch the animal.

Karanja  speaking  to KNA on Wednesday noted that four families have been affected after the animal killed a number of goats and sheep.

“KWS officers came on Monday and set the trap but so far we have not succeeded. They will visit the  area again and relocate it as we hope to catch it before causing more damage,” added the administrator.

By  Bernard Munyao

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