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Herder decries leopard attacks

31 May 2013, 12:39 James Kabotia

A herder in Nyeri is crying foul over marauding leopards that recently mauled his 70 goats.

Speaking to the media on Thursday, at the decrying foul over grazing fields in King’ong’o area, Jason Godhana said that a leopard pounced and killed his goat worth KES 6 000.

The 56-year-old man said that the wild animal attacked his goat at 2pm when one of his sons was grazing the livestock.

“My son was in the field when the leopard pounced on one of the goats. He tried to scare the beast away but the goat was already dead. I have now lost more than 70 goats to leopards,” he said.

Godhana said that he has tried seeking help from the nearby game rangers but they have always dismissed him.

“These game rangers are very reluctant to help me. They always put me off saying that they do not have enough officers to accompany me to the scene,” Godhana said.

While shedding tears, the father of five said that some of his children are in college and solely depend on him.

Godhana lives as a squatter at Chief Mukira’s land and also works as a watchman.

“I depend on these goats to educate my children but these leopards are terrorising me. I appeal to the government to help me. If a wild animal is killed, these game rangers act so swiftly but when I tell them that my goats have been mauled, they angrily dismiss me from their offices,” lamented Godhana.

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