Lookup NU author(s): Dr Niki Rust
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Over the last decade, perceived conflict between guanacos (Lama guanicoe) and ranchers has intensified in Central Chile. This problem stems from perceptions that guanacos compete with livestock for pasture resources. We examined this conservation conflict with a novel approach that considers ranchers’ subjective theories to better understand the origins of the conflict and to identify effective conservation measures based on the participants’ explanations. Results indicate that, for ranchers, the current problem derives from a shift toward increasingly arid weather associated with climate change. We suggest that the conflict is not only linked to resource competition but also symbolises expressing difficulties and negotiating with governmental institutions. This study adds to the literature on human-wildlife conflicts by offering a further dimension to understand the complex ecological and social interactions taking place on livestock farms. We recommend identifying effective, acceptable solutions by considering and understanding the everyday knowledge of the conflict’s protagonists and their potential for change.
Author(s): Vargas SP, Castro-Carrasco PJ, Rust NA, Riveros JL
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Pages: Epub ahead of print
Online publication date: 06/02/2020
Acceptance date: 15/07/2019
Date deposited: 26/09/2019
ISSN (print): 0030-6053
ISSN (electronic): 1365-3008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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