In Summary
  • So emboldened are these hyenas that they are now moving from house to house in such of food.
  • The affected villages are Moa, Dide Waride, Katsaka Kairu, Maleli, Sendemke, Taa, Jipendeni and Kitumbini.
  • Mr Godana threatened to mobilise other herders to hunt down and kill the hyenas if KWS does not act.

Witu Division in Lamu West is an area under siege from hyenas.

These scavengers have turned the villages in Witu into a hunting zone for food.

So emboldened are these hyenas that they are now moving from house to house in such of food, mainly cows, goats, sheep, chicken, ducks and even eggs.

Cats and dogs are also not spared by the hyenas which are now giving the villagers sleepless nights.

AFFECTED VILLAGES

Locals who talked to the Nation in Moa, Dide Waride, Katsaka Kairu, Maleli, Sendemke, Taa, Jipendeni and Kitumbini villages on Wednesday expressed worry that their children risk being attacked by the hyenas if urgent measures are not taken to contain the animals.

More than 300 cows, goats, cats and dogs are reported to have either been killed or injured by the hyenas within two months in the affected villages.

Mr Masha Iha who is the senior headman in Moa Sub-Location in Witu Division told the Nation that despite efforts by the villagers to report the problem to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), nothing has been done to contain the situation.

The hyenas are said to target the livestock during the day and at night.

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