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A systems-thinking analysis of predator conflict management on selected SA farms

Tim Snow, consultant in the fields of wildlife poisoning prevention and conflict management, as well as in all forms of wildlife management released a study on “A Systems-Thinking Based Evaluation of Predator Conflict Management on Selected South African Farms”.  Who is Tim Snow?

Through evaluation of predator conflict management methods from a systems thinking perspective, and by probing learning processes, the shortcomings or failure of inappropriate management responses to conflict situations were shown to exacerbate conflicts. Contrarily, it was illustrated that application of systems thinking and a process of addressing the root cause of conflict issues in predator conflict management, was a longer term solution. The study illustrated that application of long term proactive prevention and conflict avoidance principles, can offer long term solutions for predator conflict managers.  Read the full study.

 

Phd opportunity in southern Free State

PhD candidate required to investigate, "Spatio-Temporal and dietary overlap between Black-backed Jackal and Caracal in a small-stock farming area in the southern Free State". 

A collaborative project between UNISA (Dept. of Environmental Sciences - Nature Conservation) and the National Museum, Bloemfontein. Read here.

 

Predators on private land

Published paper by Prof. Graham Kerley deals with the issue of predator management on private reserves and of particular relevance is the issue of sustainable predator densities. They assessed the area requirements for lion and cheetah, and also placed this in perspective of the policy guidelines.

Interesting to note is the evidence that is provided in that lions tend to be stocked sustainably (in terms of the available prey base), whereas cheetah tended (75% of properties) to be overstocked. Furthermore, the evidence indicates that none of these properties were able to support a single cheetah on the minimum area of 1000 ha as provided in the then relevant EC CAE policy. Read here for full publication.