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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.

 

The need for and value of a scientific assessment

Science can and must provide valid inputs into the challenges and policy needs of livestock predation management in South Africa through the PredSA scientific assessment process.  Furthermore, it is predicted that PredSA will give a much needed boost to building trans disciplinary research capacity and raise the standards of research on livestock predation and management in South Africa.  Click here for 3-page Commentary paper.

A link to the manuscript.