Researcher’s Report: Human-Lion Conflict

Lioness XPL-103, December 2022.

During the preceding months, a certain number of lion mortalities stemming from human-lion conflict have been recorded on communal lands in northwest Namibia. Critical examination of conflict incidents by researchers are yielding new insights into when, where, and seemingly why, lions come into conflict with farmers in northwest Namibia. Of particular note has been the role of the Lion Rangers in limiting conflict where Rangers are consistently deployed, and the need for upscaling the performance of the Rapid Response Teams. At its most broad, lion conflict appears to lead to lion mortalities when collared animals move into unfamiliar farming areas.

This short report has been provided to Namibia’s Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism and can be downloaded here.

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