By George Murage
Residents of Nagum village in Gilgil have asked the Kenya Wildlife Service to stop the human-wildlife conflict in the area.
Fears of a food shortage has hit the semi arid area following the destruction of crops worth thousand of shillings by wild animals.
The situation has been worsened by harsh weather conditions.
The residents have now issued a one-week notice to KWS to act or they will deal with the wild animals.
Peter Thuo, a farmer, said the invasion by the wild animals has adversely affected their way of life.
Thuo on Thursday said the animals were straying from the nearby Marula farm wrecking havoc and destroying their crops every day.
"This has affected learning as the children have to leave for school late and arrive home early so that they don't meet the animals," he said.
Good Governance Nakuru county chairman Moses Gitonga said the animals include zebras, buffaloes, elands and antelopes.
He said more than 20 people have been attacked by the animals in the last three months.
"We have a major crisis in this area and it's getting worse as the animals roam openly in farms around Marula," Gitonga said.
He said the farmers cannot be compensated for the loss of their crops as this is not catered for in the Wildlife Act.
A KWS officer, who declined to be named, admitted that the number of wild animals in the area is on the rise.
"There are no predators here and cropping of wild animals has been banned hence the current conflict, which could escalate," said the officer.