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1 September 2015 Evaluation of a Conflict-Related Brown Hyaena Translocation in Central Namibia
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The distribution of the brown hyaena (Hyaena brunnea) in southern Africa overlaps widely with commercial livestock ranching. As a direct result, both perceived and confirmed conflict with farmers occurs and hyaenas are trapped for lethal control or translocation. We studied the outcomes of a conflict-related brown hyaena translocation in Central Namibia involving a subadult female — the first reported GPS-monitored translocation of this species. The animal was moved 63 km from the conflict site and after exploratory movements settled into a new home range incorporating resident conspecifics. The hyaena caused no further conflict and did not return home to its original capture site where livestock depredation ceased. The hyaena was killed in a road accident five months after release. We assess and review our results (and brown hyaena translocations in general) with respect to species ecology, previous translocations as well as monitoring data from resident conspecifics. We provide supporting information that individual hyaenas can be translocated successfully but emphasize that decisions need to be made case-specifically considering the age, sex and social status of the animals. We highlight the importance of brown hyaena sociality when considering translocation as a management tool.
Florian J. Weise, Ingrid Wiesel, Joseph Lemeris and Rudie J. van Vuuren "Evaluation of a Conflict-Related Brown Hyaena Translocation in Central Namibia," African Journal of Wildlife Research 45(2), (1 September 2015). https://doi.org/10.3957/056.045.0178
Received: 13 May 2014; Accepted: 1 August 2014; Published: 1 September 2015
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