Today I went to visit a community that is complaining of cheetahs attacking and taking away their goats and sheep during the day. Livestock owner Melubo Nteke showed me one of his goats that had been injured by a cheetah when they were being herded during the day.
I asked him who had been herding the goats and he told me that they were being looked after by young children. He told me that in his community livestock are often herded by children who are less than 15 years of age, who cannot chase away carnivores when they attack livestock. Here is the owner of the goat, who was very upset and angry.
Lion Guardian Olubi is currently in the area trying to help with the situation. From the community’s point of view, all that they want is for the problematic animals to be killed. Livestock is their only source of livelihood and if a group of carnivores starts killing their livestock then they would want them dead. Here is Olubi.
Olubi is now advising them on how they can alter their herding practices so that their goats will not be attacked, and hopefully will bring an end to the problem before any carnivores are killed.