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Namibia's unwanted lions face relocation again
Source: Xinhua| 2018-01-11 00:05:22|Editor: Mu Xuequan

WINDHOEK, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- A pride of lions implicated in the killing of more than 200 small livestock in Nov. 2017 and relocated to the Erongo region, west of Namibia, will be moved again after some farmers raised concerns.

Environment ministry spokesperson Romeo Muyunda said Wednesday that the decision to relocate the lions to Etosha National Park is to avoid any further public concerns.

Muyunda said in a statement that the environment ministry takes issues of human-wildlife conflict management seriously.

"Our lion conflict reduction management strategies include capture and translocation to other areas where it is deemed that the animal will not cause conflict with people," Muyunda said.

He said should rogue animals continue to cause problems, then they can be destroyed or put up for trophy hunting.

Although the pride of eight lions has not caused any problems in their new habitat, their presence has caused some small livestock farmers discomfort.

Muyunda said if the human-wildlife management is not addressed appropriately with the necessary understanding and respect, it can harm if not destroy conservation efforts and tourism benefits for the country.

"We recognize this threat, and in this regard, we have finalized the review of the National Policy on Human-Wildlife Conflict Management which has been approved, in principle, by Cabinet and will now be presented to Parliament," Muyunda said.

The lions were relocated from the Torra Conservancy in Kunene region, north-west of Namibia about 400 kilometers from Windhoek in Nov. 2017 after they had killed more than 200 small livestock.

According to Muyunda, the lions attacked the small livestock after the first rainfall in the Kunene area that caused some prey to drift away.


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And they will move out from Etosha once again and migrate right back into inhabited areas resulting in more problem lion in areas that are already experiencing problem lions.

Job well done.


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Just learned today about farmers taking matters into their own hands and poisoning lions with Furadan.

http://www.lionconservation.org/lion-poisoning.html


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So, OPUS1 and Slider, what is your solution? Let's hear it from the Great White Father!
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Originally posted by Grizzly Adams:
Just learned today about farmers taking matters into their own hands and poisoning lions with Furadan.

http://www.lionconservation.org/lion-poisoning.html

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Unfortunately while illegal, poisoning continues and the collateral damage is significant. One poisoned carcass can take out many lions, hyenas, cheetah, vultures and lots more scavengers. The problem is lions are considered pests by the locals and reprisal killings have been the only answer.

The solution is to increased gameguard surveillance, expand the use of satellite tracking, and work with the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to cull as well as allow clients to collect problem lions. When problem lions are harvested by clients, 100% of the trophy fee is reverted back to the community so they see the benefit of letting others deal with the problem. This type of program does work and poisoning and reprisal shootings have declined while cattle losses are declining as well. The challenge is it takes a huge amount of effort and $$$$ to make this work so funding is critical.

The translocated lion will soon leave Etosha and become a problem for the neighboring communities. MET just kicked the can a little further down the road and made this someone else's problem.


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Release them in the Caprivi.


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Transport them to an area inhabited by PETA and HSUS air heads, and let them go clap

Lety us see how long it takes before the screaming starts!


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