Roaming leopards have ransacked several villages in Nimba County, forcing villagers to abandon homes.
There was no human casualty report, but residents of Yeanue village near Neegbein town few miles outside Ganta, Nimba County woke up Wednesday, 3 April to a terrified experience when they discovered that over 50 livestock, including chicks and goats have been killed by leopards.
According to research, leopards are graceful and powerful big cats closely related to lions, tigers, and jaguars. They live in sub-Saharan Africa, northeast Africa, Central Asia, India, and China. However, many of their populations are endangered, especially outside of Africa.
Head town chief Mr. Wuo Yeanue, narrates that while at the village along with his family he saw wild animals especially, leopards entered the village, forcing them to escape.
According to him, upon their return to the village four hours later, they realized that most of their cattle were dead.Several villagers spoken to explain in tears, this is the second time of such attack by wild animals against their village.
Residents of Yeanue Village near the St. John River along the Liberian-Guinean border are living in fear for their lives and have abandoned their homes.
Report says this is the sixth time for wide animals to attack villagers in Nimba.
Recently, residents of Mail Town in district#6 near the border with Ivory Coast lost properties, including rice farms, palm and rubber farms to roaming elephants, which invaded the area from neighboring Ivory Coast.
Besides, wild animals similarly entered Gbeapea near Yekepa, a mining community in the county where steel giant, ArcelorMittal, operates.There has been no response from the Forestry Development Authority or related government agencies in the county on the incident.
Liberia is home to various endangered species, including leopards, elephants, and baboon, among others. The country still has one of the endowed rain forest in West Africa which is habitat to most of these wild animals.
-over 50 livestock killed
By Thomas Domah/Nimba –Editing by Jonathan Browne