Showing posts from February, 2016

Would you be paid to "tolerate" ISIS? No. This is why we can't rely on economic benefits to tolerate predators

Human-wildlife conflict is increasing globally due to rising human populations, increased habitat destruction and improved conservation policies.  "Solving" this problem has become a goal for many conservationists across the world.  Many of the solutions proposed have been based on reducing the cost of damage inflicted on people living with dangerous wildlife.

Whilst some studies have indeed shown that paying compensation, providing livestock guarding dogs, putting up protective fencing and the likes have apparently increased attitudes towards damage-causing wildlife and reducing reported livestock losses, people are still reporting more human-wildlife conflict.  Clearly, mitigation techniques are either not being widely used or they are not as effective as once thought.  Why is this?

I often imagine that some farmers think of predators as terrorists.  This may seem preposterous, but actually some ranchers in the US have indeed compared wolves to Saddam Hussein:

If farmers real…

Understanding the coexistence between carnivores and people: PhD thesis finally available online!

On this Valentine's Day, I thought I would share my love of carnivores with you. I spent the last 3 years studying carnivore conservation in Namibia and specifically the factors that affected tolerance towards these species by livestock farmers. My thesis is finally available online, so if you're mad enough to want to have a read, here's the link!

More than happy to receive comments, questions, criticisms, hate mail, cookies etc. on it - please fire away!