Is killing lions a solution to wildlife human conflicts?

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Editor, I read news that:

“The Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) in Luangwa district has killed one lion amongst the five that have been terrorizing domestic animals in Chiendiendi and Kakaro villages.

A check at the ZAWA offices today found enthusiastic people having a glimpse of the dead lion which was killed on Sunday night at Chiendiendi village.

Sources at the ZAWA office told ZANIS that the lion, which was among four others that escaped, was killed as they were feasting on a cow that they had killed at Chiendiendi village.

The sources have warned people travelling between Chiendiendi and the Boma Township to be very careful as the four lions that escaped could be nearby within the area.

They, however, said ZAWA will intensify patrols in the area so that the loose lions could be killed in an effort to protect people’s lives and their domestic animals.”

Is this how shallow our thinking has become? Is this how we solve wildlife human conflicts, to kill FIVE LIONS?! Why not tranquilize them and sell them to South Africa if we have no use or do not know the value of this endangered species.
Plus it seems Masebo has no idea this is happening. She banned lion trophy hunting but now allows this activity to go on probably because she can’t possibly think of any other way around it.

They are eating cattle so we kill them all. Such a shame the levels of thinking, such a shame.

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31 Responses to Is killing lions a solution to wildlife human conflicts?

  1. Killing them will not solve problems but create more. It is cruel & wrong, humans have taken everything from wildlife & as the dominant species it is up to us to ensure steps are taken to ensure co-existence. They are Apex predators & when you remove them the entire ecosystem collapse so humans will ultimately pay the price. In Kenya a young boy invented Lion Lights to successfully keep Lions away from Livestock & reduce wildlife conflict so it can be done. Humans are so arrogant to think they are the only species to live. Humans are the only species to destroy & kill like no other. Once Lions are gone other species will follow & what will your country do when no tourists come? When your land is a desert & no food grows for your cattle? Look anywhere in the world & you will see the earth is dying. Man can no longer afford to have the kill all animals mentality. If man has no compassion for animals who are dependent on them for their existence there is no compassion for other men. There is no hope for humans or this planet with this mentality. The truth is powerful & nothing changes it. I hope that people evolve to realize it but I fear it is too late.

    Ted - April 18, 2013
    02:57

  2. Wildlife of Zambia is a much a treasure as any mineral in ground. As man said above, no tourism if we destroy this resource. We need to balance conservation of big cats with protecting farmers and livestock. If a farmer loses a cow, there should be a fund to compensate him if shown big cat is responsible. We need world to know that we are looking after these wildlife and Zambia is great place to come and see them. Let’s be sensible.

    kiyuni - April 17, 2013
    20:36

  3. You should know that once a lion tastes blood other than that of the usual meat it feasts on,it will not stop but change its diet.luangwa isn’t a game deserve it is a district,just like Lusaka except its endowed with a lot of animals.so do some research before you open your mouth

    bz - April 17, 2013
    19:26

  4. YOU DON’T KILL BIG CATS – they are a national treasure(Does ILITERATE ZAWA even have policy regarding wild life ? or understand wild life ? – so Backward)

    - either relocate humans or Tranquilize and Relocate the animals that is the only solution, ONE of the two could have trespassed.

    - ZAWA must understand that Animals Don’t think, They don’t commit any crime, there is no law that binds them, they don’t distinguish an antelope from a human being, in the case of lions they are hunters by nature. Even GOD TOLD US TO LOOK AFTER THEM don’t kill. Those who killed them must be prosecuted. Must face the law.

    A similar training was conducted in Kenya about killing Big Cats by the Masai people … It has worked PERFECTLY . Illiterate ZAWA can learn from smart friends in KENYA – that’s why they have the largest tourism industry.

    Blind Supporter - April 17, 2013
    19:17

  5. Relocating is also not the issue especially if you are relocating to a game reserve where they are already lions as lions are territorial animals and will kill new comers on sight. Lions are also social animals that can’t survive alone. Only solution is to relocate to private ranges.
    People are too blame as they are also encroaching on protected reserves!

    Moses - April 17, 2013
    18:29

  6. Yes why do they not traquilize the lions and give them to existing lion facilities ,we have a number in the country.this will atleast keep them alive and with possible offspring release to ares where lions are finished ..?????

    lion king - April 17, 2013
    17:38

  7. is using post news papers as toilet paper a solution to your matuvi issues?

    vimatako - April 17, 2013
    15:34

  8. When should the lions be killed? After they have killed a human? Please. let the experts do their Job. Zawa monitor when the Animal poulation hits a tipping point and the human animal conflicts become threatening they take the best option. Continue working well ba ZAWA.

    tut - April 17, 2013
    14:50

  9. Leave game parks and go where the cats wont find you. Hungry lion can eat anything.

    meal - April 17, 2013
    14:32

  10. it dosent mean they want to kill all lions in zambia,is just to kill those lion,which trying to misbehave in the village,evn the elephat if they came to the crops, 4 pipo u must kill one,the lest get example from atherz,thy run away believe me elli never 4get what happen yestady 4 years dont give them chance if there around the village,pipo killed evrydy we loss,coz of fucking elli,my dad was killed,too much elli in zm no proper control,u stay in town u dont know hw,just in the vicle eatching them,came pool u see(guiding the field night,if u dont no food 4 family,now which?less employ)u just talking talking siting in the fan sham,,,,

    mountain - April 17, 2013
    13:29

  11. We are so greatful to the author for displaying his ignorance on this issue. But we shall be charitable to him by not calling dull but an Idnoramous.
    You have just referred to the people who took the action of killing the beast as shallow thinkers, we now take this moment to show you just how irritrievably shallow you are.

    When a lion kills a human being or a domesticated animal, it must be killed without exception.this is because it develops an addictive taste for the blood and flesh of its victim. this addiction is uncontrollable, meanining, it will kill again.This behavior of a canivorous preditor cuts accross all canines. this is why when your dog bites someone the council has no choice but to put it down (shoot it) for the safety of the public and your children included.No matter how cute you think your dog is, it has to die. I knew this during my chongololo club days in primary school in the early eighties. I just get suprised that a lot of people dont know this.
    so my freind, selling them to South Africa is not the solution, because they will just continue to maul the cattle of the locals there. u are just moving a problem from one location to another.Such a shame your level of thinking, such a shame.

    Fical Maata - April 17, 2013
    12:50

  12. We are so greatful to the author for displaying his ignorance on this issue. But we shall be charitable to him by not calling dull but an Idnoramous.
    You have just referred to the people who took the action of killing the beast as shallow thinkers, we now take this moment to show you just how irritrievably shallow you are.

    When a lion kills a human being or a domesticated animal, it must be killed without exception.this is because it develops an addictive taste for the blood and flesh of its victim. this addiction is uncontrollable, meanining, it will kill again.This behavior of a canivorous preditor cuts accross all canines. this is why when your dog bites someone the council has no choice but to put it down (shoot it) for the safety of the public and your children included.No matter how cute you think your dog is, it has to die. I knew this during my chongololo club days in primary school in the early eighties. I just get suprised that a lot of people dont know this.
    so my freind, selling them to South Africa is not the solution, because they will just continue to maul the cattle of the locals there. u are just moving a problem from one location to another.

    Fical Maata - April 17, 2013
    12:48

    • What a clever and intellectual mind you are! You have just summed it all up for those that don’t understand feline’s dietary and behavioral changes. Well done!

      Mr X - April 17, 2013
      16:04

  13. They should not kill the Lions but instead they should improve on their PREDATION MANAGEMENT am sure as ZAWA They do know the vital role of this management technique every wildlife conservationist does its the topic am doing at the moment or maybe ZAWA Should wait for me to complete my studies i might just as well show them how to avoid such a disaster of human/wildlife conflict..but killing is not a solution

    mimi - April 17, 2013
    12:37

  14. If it is a matter of life and death, kill the cats
    If it is a matter of life and losing your livelihood, kill the cats
    If it is a matter of life and hunger, kill the cats
    If it is a matter of life and listening to the conservationist, listen to the conservationist then kill the cats

    Vilifier - April 17, 2013
    12:33

  15. Pretty much sums up why I wont be going to Zambia for sight seeing tourism…pretty soon there will be nothing left to see anyway. I’d rather spend my money in a country that values its Lions and doesnt just want them in a cage to poke with a stick

    Jeppa - April 17, 2013
    12:31

  16. U HAVE NO IDEA HOW PIPO SUFFER HERE IN LUANGWA. ANIMALS SHUD BE CONTROLD. CROCS SHUD BE CROPD AFTA TEN YEARS JUST LYK LIONS.

    BKAY - April 17, 2013
    10:39

  17. I can bet ZAWA does not have tranquilizers.

    Martino - April 17, 2013
    10:16

  18. Mr. Author, you have NO fxxxx idea what you are talking about. In as much as I respect your opinion, I implore you to look at the situation from the farmers perspective – put yourself in his shoes and wear his glasses to see things from his angle. You could have selected your words wisely. Wild animals that maraud farmers’ crops and animals (cattle/goats etc) are controlled by ZAWA either by selective shooting in a case like this one or blasting shots in the air to shoo off elephants from the fields. I want to believe that when a lion is shot the skin is not just disposed of knowing its monetary value.

    Chief Kalindawalo - April 17, 2013
    09:11

    • In terms of lions, once they taste cow meat or
      human flesh (a meal of their usual diet) they develop a liking for it and will most of the times keep killing cattle or humans. This is a proven fact! It is a behavior change and when not controlled it becomes a nuisance to human animal conflict. Also remember that lions live in territories just like humans live in villages or cities and in this case this pride in that Chiendiendi will end up taking human life and more cattle if not controlled.

      Chief Kalindawalo - April 17, 2013
      09:40

  19. Another option could have been to translocate them to another protected area where there is plenty prey. But the fact that they have discovered easy prey, they will most likely prefer to hunt cattle first than prey that will prove to be more tedious.

    Chabu - April 17, 2013
    08:58

  20. Dear People,

    The gentleman is not by any means valueing the lives of these animals above human life. His arguement is consise and should not be villified: Explore the possibility of making money out of this situation – mercilessly killing the animals for no value is simply uneconomical!!

    Argue the point, do not insult please!

    chalo chamayendele - April 17, 2013
    08:49

  21. NO. Lions deserve to live too.

    profet - April 17, 2013
    08:43

  22. hey. ZAWA does not need to seek permission from masebo to control lions. However, your idea deserves to be explored. But now that hunting has been banned,are we going to sell lions-an endangered specie to another country so that they have more lions than we do?..for your own information, zambian lions are one of the biggest sub species in Africa. i propose, tranquillize them and send them to another national park within zambia.

    PROPER - April 17, 2013
    08:42

    • While its a good idea to translocate them, lets bare in mind that all national parks in Zambia are not fenced with an exception of Mosi Oa Tunya and a small portion of North Luangwa NP. This therefore mean that these lions will wonder about and attach livestock or even people. You may be interested to know that Nyimba has a problematic pride that takes on people. If a young lion witnesses and tests human flesh, the natural fear (or respect) for humans goes for good. They will demean humans and if and when they have a chance in future, will attack and kill people. There are many ways of mitigating this problem and ZAWA has experts to deal with it. The biggest problem is that ZAWA now can not act professionally because of a political underhand

      Conserver - April 17, 2013
      09:01

  23. If hunting ban is sustained, you will continue hearing about many ‘problem’ lions being culled. This is because the beasts will be perceived to be of no value at all and as a cost to humans. Experts say that lions tend to nurture their habbit, meaning in this case, that once they start taking domestic animals, will likely continue doing so. The best is to auction them to trophy hunters (for trophy size lions) and as Older than Zambia has sugggested to cage them, put them under intensive management; By doing so providing an opportunity for education research and recreation to human needs without killing them. While the Minister enjoys policy guidance, the rationale behind the ban is highly debatable. Many people have given a more emotional reaction as opposed to a well researched basis. While echoes reached the moon that there are no lions in Zambia, it is interesting that we’re hearing of problem lions. The gestation period for lions is approx 3 months, have they procreated so fast, or have rebased the gestation period?

    Conserver - April 17, 2013
    08:37

    • This is the most sensible comment I have ever read on the lion hunting ban! A pity the ‘Green Bunny Huggers’ are not so forward-thinking.

      Zimzamzim - April 17, 2013
      08:47

  24. Or still better send them to Plot 1.

    maphande - April 17, 2013
    08:22

  25. I quote your statement below:
    “Is this how shallow our thinking has become? Is this how we solve wildlife human conflicts, to kill FIVE LIONS?! Why not tranquilize them and sell them to South Africa if we have no use or do not know the value of this endangered species.”

    how much does it cost to tranquilize 5 lions and transport them to another country as compared to the price at which they are sold? I am not sure if there is any profit there. what if South Africa or any country are not willing to buy (they have their own lions)?

    the lions are a threat to human life as well, so they deserve to die. It appears we want to sell everything to have “more money in our pockets”…..

    Eurobond - April 17, 2013
    08:16

  26. They both are important. The ideas the author of the story has suggested and that of Ólder than Zambia’could be explored instead of mercilessly killing them.

    Sikufele - April 17, 2013
    08:12

  27. or they can be put in the zoo so that some zambian have a glimpse of them. Just cage them

    Older than Zambia - April 17, 2013
    07:49