Lions invade Nyeri village killing five cows

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Villagers of Gatuanyaga village in Kieni Constituency, Nyeri, mill around the carcass of a cow that was among five killed by stray lions

Farmers from Gatuanyaga village in Kieni Constituency, Nyeri, are counting their losses after a pride of lions mauled down five cows on Monday night.

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According to the villagers, the cats suspected to have strayed from the neighboring Solio Ranch invaded the village at round midnight.

The incident deepens the woes of the villagers who are still grappling with rising cases of livestock theft that have seen over hundred cows and goats stolen in a span of three months.

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Mr. Francis Githinji who lost two cows valued at Sh 170,000 said he was woken up by a commotion in his cattle shed and alerted his neighbors.

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He said by the time they were able to face the marauding cats, five cows had already been killed.

He accused the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers for laxity accusing them of failing to respond to their distress call on time.

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The rangers however managed to ensnare one of the lions, but villagers said they were still in fear of more attacks from the rest of the cats still hovering within the village.

A villager, Ruth Wandia said they would not be able to carry on their daily affairs normally out of fear of possible attacks.

Danson Macharia said cases of human-wildlife conflict have been on the rise and accused Solio Ranch management of recklessness for letting the animals to wander out of the conservancy.

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Area Member of County Assembly (MCA), Martin Matu, called on the government to take charge of the situation that was fast getting out of hand with villagers threatening to poison the animals to avert more losses.

He also called for speedy compensation for those who have lost their livestock as a result of wildlife invasions.

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