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Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 10:39 EATmmuthoni@kenyafreepress.com
Residents of Nakuru East are living in fear following repeated attacks by the baboons threatening their lives and property. They have consequently protested to the Kenya wildlife service (KWS) demanding that a permanent fence be put up to bar them from encroaching into their farms from Lake Nakuru National Park.
The baboon are recklessly loitering around thus destroying properties such as iron sheets. In addition, the residents are also facing physical assault from the animals and some are being snatched their paper bags while walking.
Ms Miriam, a Nakuru resident is nursing wounds on her legs, back and legs after she was waylaid by the baboon as she fetched water. She says that the situation might get worse, if KWS will not come to their rescue.
“The baboons have been really a stubborn to us. In the morning, l was attacked by one while l was fetching water from the tap and sustained injuries. On my back, hands and legs, “Muthoni said
The baboons target women and children, where children have to remain indoors especially when eating as the daring animals and can snatch their food.
The residents said that they have tried to report to KWS to take action against the worsening situation but no action has been taken to repulse the animals. They are threatening to start killing the animals if no action is taken by KWS. Some tenants are planning to relocate to a safer environment saying the situation was too much for them to bear.
These cases of baboons attacking people have been there in Nakuru which have caused huge damages to the residents. As a precautionally measure National parks should be well fenced in order to avoid animals conflicting with humans. KWS should ensure that human beings are protected from dangerous creatures thus creating a favorable and enabling environment for the people.