International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Assessment of Traditional Methods Used by the Samburu Pastoral Community in Human Wildlife Conflict Management
Gordon O. Ocholla, James Koske, Gilbert W. Asoka, Martin M. Bunyasi, Ongere Pacha, Samson H. Omondi, Caleb Mireri

Pastoralists and agro-pastoralists living in rangeland areas of Kenya are often on the receiving end from consequences of wildlife interference. Populations of large mammals roam freely in theserangelands. This study was conducted to assess various approaches used by Samburu indigenous pastoral community to manage the human wildlife conflicts in Wamba Division of Samburu East District. The three conservation areas in the Division were taken to form the strata from which 72 respondents were subsequently chosen and interviewed. Key Informant Interviews and Focused Group Discussions were also conducted to verifyinformation from interviews. Findings indicate that the major causesof human wildlife conflicts in the area include destruction of crops, livestock predation, competition for grazing and water, increased risk of livestock diseases and direct threats to human life. To mitigate these problems, the Samburu community has adopted: intensified human vigilance,use of guard animals,fencing,use of deterrents and hunting down the problematic wild animals.

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