Residents of Olare Motorogi Conservancy in the Maasai Mara Game reserve were left in shock after a Maasai man killed a lioness that had mauled his 105 goats valued at 1 million shillings.
Kayooko Ole Kisemei, 45, told the press that two lions, a male and a lioness invaded his sheep pen at around 4 am killing his animals.
“I was asleep when I heard goats bleating in distress. I picked my spear and a torch and when I illuminated a lioness turned to me and fearing for my life, I speared it dead,” he added.
Kisemei is seeking compensation from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) saying the lions invaded his home.
“It is not the first time that these wild animals have killed our livestock. We have complained to KWS but they have taken no action,” he lamented.
Area KWS Warden James Kilei who led the KWS officers to the scene confirmed the incident and termed it as unfortunate.
“It is true several goats were killed by a stray lioness. We visited the area and found several carcasses of goat lying in the pen. The owner will be compensated accordingly,” he said.
Kilei advised the farmer to fence his piece of land to avoid further attacks. “All pastoralists living near the park should fence off their sheep/goats pens using wire mesh to wade off the marauding lions and leopards that roam around the area at night,” he said.
He added they have verified and taken details of the damage and shall forward the same to the compensation committee who will then take them to the head office for compensation process to commence.
Human-wildlife conflicts have been a common phenomenon in the area and recently hundreds of Maasai herders barricaded key roads to Maasai Mara National Game Reserve in Narok over five hours after over 100 sheep were killed by hyenas.
Population explosion has forced people to infringe into wildlife habitats and convert land to other uses incompatible with wildlife. Human-wildlife conflicts negatively impacts on the humans and wildlife alike.