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Wajir Conservancy Development
In Wajir county predators are a threat to life and livelihood. In recent years, extended and frequent drought cycles have compounded the conflict between people and wildlife over water and grazing area. Increased pressure to settle has also increased the problem as wildlife also become increasingly accustomed to provisions of permanent water, and are affected by the decline of grazing area due to invasive plant species and erosion caused by overutilization. Due to lack of exposure to conservation, people in the area have taken matters into their own hands and decided to tackle the issue in the only way they know. In desperation for attention in 2013, some herders captured cheetahs alive and brought them to the police station, tied to a donkey cart. Local press coverage provided encouragement to communities in Wajir and later in the year, herders in Garissa also captured cheetahs live and delivered them to KWS. ACK received calls from concerned people stating that the encouragement from the news coverage is resulting in many other people proposing to chase and capture cheetahs. ACK has been asked by the area Member of Parliament (Hon Abdullahi Diriye) to assist in supply of materials about cheetah conflict mitigation and to conducting community seminars on natural resource management planning.

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