African birds of prey, the owl and falcon predators like the leopard, wildlife in Africa.
“…so they shot the owl!”
It all started one fall. Each morning on the farm, it seemed like there was one less chicken! The days seemed calm, no apparent squawking or sign of trouble. At night several hens roosted on the empty flower box hanging from the small balcony.
One moonlit night the mystery of the disappearing chickens was solved. On the way to relieve himself the farmer heard a slight noise. He turned his head toward the sliding doors just in time to see a large bird make off with a chicken. An owl had found dinner readily waiting each night.
Although shooting the predator seems like a logical solution to the problem, it really creates a whole new one. Sure the farmer stops loosing chickens, until the next owl finds the sleeping chickens (they’re not smart enough to move you know.)
However, what do owls eat when not stealing chickens? Birds, rodents, reptiles, small mammals and even fish (depending on the owl). With the owl gone who takes care of the rats, skunks, snakes and other critters that cause the farmer problems?
What appears to be a better solution is to protect the chickens at night, keep them in a safe enclosure. This very concept applies to many nuisance predators, like Lanner Falcons, even leopards. Along with studying leopards Will and Anton and their team also educate local farmers and brainstorm strategies to protect their livestock while preserving the ecosystem, as does Karin with regards to the killing of primates.