Wild animals invade farms in Nyatike

Rarieda residents terrorised by hyenas
Hyenas terrorising residents of Ndunya Village in Rarieda Constituency, Siaya Count. Photo/Courtesy

Residents of Nyatike’s East Karungu location are accusing the government and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) of failing to address the rising cases of human – wildlife conflict in thec area after the number of hyenas increased drastically over the past few weeks.

Area chief, Isaac Bungu, says that the hyenas have invaded farms killing domestic animals, especially goat and sheep at night, running farmers into huge losses.

The chief says that at least 13 goats and sheep were killed over the last two weeks by the hyenas that have strayed from the nearby forest reserves.

“The locals have incurred huge loses following the attacks and they now want the Kenya Wildlife Service to move with the speed and arrest the situation,” said Mr Bungu.

The chief added that the constant attacks on livestock by the wild animals is harming the region’s economy and demoralizing the farmers.

In Central Kanyamkago, in the same region, the residents are also complaining of the high number of monkeys that are invading their farms destroying crops, something they say may lead to a serious food shortage in the area.

The residents are now threatening to take action should the line agencies not move with speed to address their concerns.

Written by Paul Barasa

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