Behavioural adjustments of a large carnivore to access secondary prey in a human-dominated landscape

Show simple item record Valeix, Marion Hemson, Graham Loveridge, Andrew J. Mills, Michael G.L. (Gus) Macdonald, David W. 2012-09-20T07:59:56Z 2013-02-28T00:20:04Z 2012-02
dc.description.abstract 1. Conflict between people and large carnivores is an urgent conservation issue world-wide. Understanding the underlying ecological drivers of livestock depredation by large carnivores is greatly needed. 2. We studied the spatial, foraging and behavioural ecology of African lions Panthera leo in the Botswana Makgadikgadi ecosystem. This ecosystem comprises a protected area, characterized by high seasonal fluctuation in wild prey abundance, and adjacent lands, which are used for livestock grazing and characterized by stable livestock abundance, but also a risk of anthropogenic mortality. 3. Makgadikgadi lions preferentially preyed upon migratory wild herbivores when they were present; however, data from GPS (Global Positioning System) radiocollared lions revealed that the majority of the study lions did not follow the migratory herds but remained resident at one or other border of the park and switched to livestock (abundant and readily available), and to a lesser extent resident wild herbivores (relatively scarce), in periods of migratory wild herbivore scarcity. 4. Resident lions’ use of space differed between periods of wild prey abundance and scarcity. These changes were likely to increase the frequency of encounter with their primary prey in periods of primary prey abundance and with livestock in periods of primary prey scarcity. 5. The risk of conflict with humans was a major driver of lion ecology in the human-dominated landscape surrounding the protected area. Resident lions generally avoided the close vicinity of cattle- posts.When they used such areas, they avoided temporal overlap with periods that humans were most active and travelled at high speed reducing the time spent in these areas. 6. Synthesis and applications. This study suggests that lions balance the benefits of accessing livestock with the costs associated with livestock raiding. Hence, reduction in livestock availability through effective livestock husbandry in periods of wild prey scarcity should lead to reduced conflict. en
dc.description.librarian ab2012 en
dc.description.uri en
dc.identifier.citation Valeix, M, Hemson, G, Loveridge, AJ, Mills, G & Macdonald, DW 2012, 'Behavioural adjustments of a large carnivore to access secondary prey in a human-dominated landscape', Journal of Applied Ecology, vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 73-81. en
dc.identifier.issn 0021-8901 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1365-2664 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.02099.x
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.rights © 2012 The Authors and British Ecological Society. The definite version is available at en
dc.subject Ecology of fear en
dc.subject Human-wildlife conflict en
dc.subject Lion (Panthera leo) en
dc.subject Livestock en
dc.subject Migration en
dc.subject Stock-raiding en
dc.subject Wildebeest en
dc.subject Mountain zebra (Equus zebra) en
dc.subject.lcsh Carnivora en
dc.subject.lcsh Carnivora -- Effect of human beings en
dc.subject.lcsh Livestock en
dc.title Behavioural adjustments of a large carnivore to access secondary prey in a human-dominated landscape en
dc.type Postprint Article en

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