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CTDL 165: What’s new pussycat?

The Mara Conservancy says tourists have stayed away since the violence which followed last year’s disputed election.
The group, which manages a 510 sq km area called the Mara Triangle, can no longer pay pastoralists compensation for cattle killed by lions or leopards.
This could force local people to kill the cats in order to protect livestock.

[From BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Tourism crash threatens big cats]

This is apparently a fine line to tread. Too much interaction and the animals die off from habitat destruction and such, too little and they die off from lack of funds for us to prevent local farmers from killing them.


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