Wild animals kill sheep in West Pokot

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One of the sheep killed in West Pokot after an alleged wild animal attack
One of the sheep killed in West Pokot after an alleged wild animal attack

Farmers from Serewo Village in West Pokot county are counting losses after unidentified wild animals attacked their sheep, killing more than one hundred. Farmers in the area yesterday woke up to a rude shock after the attack had already happened.

They suspected that marauding wild animals which hide in the nearby bush invaded the village and killed the animals. A farmer, Loketi Koringiro, confirmed he had lost his sheep after the night attack by the animal suspected to be a leopard. He said the wild animals strangled the sheep and killed them mercilessly.

The farmers called upon the KWS to address the human-wildlife conflict in the area which he says has been causing panic. The residents are calling on the government to compensate them and protect them against the alleged attacks by the wild animals.

West Pokot Sub-County livestock Officer Dr. Charles Kibet said that the wild animal attacked the sheep at night. He said that they are yet to identify the wild animals and they have contacted the Kenya Wild Service (KWS) to launch investigations. Dr. Kibet said this might have been caused by drought and hunger experienced in the area.