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Paying farmers for predation losses is not the magic bullet for conservation

Human-wildlife conflict is a complex issue globally. Whether it is mountain gorillas stealing bananas from farmers on the edge of Bwindi National Park in Uganda, or a pack of grey wolves raiding a cattle pen in western Montana in the US, thousands of people navigate their lives alongside unwanted neighbours daily.

This forced coexistence creates friction, as it often pits people’s livelihoods against the conservation of threatened species that are important to ecosystems and tourism.

For example, on the Kuku Group Ranch, a farming and wildlife ranch in Kenya, tourism brings in about

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