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    The state and perceptions of human-crocodile interactions around Murchison falls conservation area, Uganda

    Ashepet, M.-G. and Dahdouh-Guebas, F. and Redpath, S. and Pooley, Simon and Huge, J. (2023) The state and perceptions of human-crocodile interactions around Murchison falls conservation area, Uganda. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 29 (2), pp. 194-209. ISSN 1087-1209.

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    Abstract

    Wildlife conflicts between people and large herbivores or mammalian carnivores are widely researched in Africa, but there is limited work on human-crocodile conflicts (HCC). In Uganda, conservation efforts have enabled the recovery of the Nile Crocodile (Crocodylus niloticus) population, yet the expanding human population and activities increasingly overlap with crocodile habitats resulting in negative interactions. This study used a combination of literature review, surveys, and the Nominal Group Technique to investigate the factors underpinning HCC around Murchison Falls Conservation Area. Results indicate that 115 attacks on humans occurred during 2012–2017, 84.3% of these being fatal. Also, 93.1% of the attacks occurred as victims were either fishing or collecting water. Construction of crocodile exclusion enclosures and translocation of problem crocodiles to protected areas were the most preferred mitigation measure. To reduce the prevalence of human injuries and offset local hostility toward crocodiles, conservation actors need to actively engage the affected communities.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Uganda; Nile crocodile; Crocodile attacks; human-wildlife conflict; Wildlife conservation
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Simon Pooley
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2024 14:08
    Last Modified: 25 Mar 2024 21:23
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/53293

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