Residents Wary, As Stray Leopard Invades Village
Fear has engulfed the residents of Tarakwa village, Bomet central Sub-county after a wild animal believed to be a leopard mauled more than 20 goats and injured others.
Tarakwa residents say they are counting losses as the animal has invaded four homesteads, killing livestock while leaving several others with deep bites and injuries.
They fear that the marauding animal may also attack people, especially school going children.
According to one of the affected resident, Daniel Too, the leopard entered into his compound on Monday night, killing six goats and his neighbours lost over 15 goats and several others were left with injuries.
“I was forced to get out of the house to see what was happening since the goats were making a lot of noise when I saw a strange animal running away.”
Mrs. Rose Chepkoech, another resident said in the past, wild animals used to wander at night, but she was surprised to see the leopard in broad day light when she was going to her garden.
“The leopard might attack school going children who leave home early. I fear to release my children to school early and also sending them to the river to fetch water because the leopard uses the same route,” she said.
Area assistant Chief, Richard Matui said that he had received complaints of the strange animal attacking livestock,adding he had reported the matter to Kenya Wildlife Service,who assured him that they wouldgo to rescue the animal.
“Usually, animals stray from Masai Mara game reserve to this area, and this strange one is no exception. I appeal to residents to report the next area it will be spotted for the rangers to plan for its rescue,” he said.
By Joseph Obwocha/Praxedise Cherotich