Livestock and carnivores

In many parts of Africa, carnivores such as lions and wild dogs still come into frequent conflict with pastoralist communities such as the Maasai because of their attacks on their cattle and goats. This naturally results in a tension between the aims – and indeed the practitioners – of wildlife conservation and of rural development that does no good to either camp. So it is interesting to read of a study which looked at how to foster co-existence between people, domesticated animals, and large predators. The paper identifies improvements to traditional livestock management, as well as other measures, that can contribute to wild carnivore conservation by minimizing the risk to livestock.

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