The Cape Leopard Trust - Using research as a tool for conservation & finding solutions to human-wildlife conflict

Karoo PEACE Project - Predator Ecology And Coexistence Experiment

Karoo PEACE Project - Predator Ecology And Coexistence Experiment

Wherever humans overlap predator ranges there is inevitably potential for direct or indirect harm to wildlife and human livelihoods. Coexistence between predators and humans on shared landscapes is possible, but requires close scrutiny of mitigation methods that have surprisingly up to now received little attention in terms of sound scientific testing.

Bogdan Cristescu and Kristine Teichman have committed 3 years to tackle this sensitive issue. The project’s overarching aim is to facilitate coexistence between farmers and predators by providing an ecological evidence-base for various human-predator conflict mitigation methods.

We will use empirical data on predator ecology and an experimental approach to test non-lethal conflict mitigation methods. The Cape Leopard Trust makes a point of avoiding making assumptions based on anecdotal data or hearsay.

With wildlife-human conflict being prevalent worldwide in situations where wildlife intersects the interests of humans, this project has broad relevance from an ecological, socio-economical and animal welfare perspective. The implementation of specific mitigation measures will of course depend upon evidence of their effectiveness, willingness of stakeholders to implement them and appropriate licensing and legislation. We firmly believe that solutions will only arise by working together towards a common goal of reducing livestock depredation and at the same time enabling biodiversity conservation.

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The Cape Leopard Trust Trapping Techniques

icon no trapShort overview of three trapping methods considered by the Cape Leopard Trust as safe and humane: Cage traps, Foot loop traps or Foot snares, Soft-catch traps, References to relevant scientific literature.

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