Why paying people to tolerate wildlife is not the magic bullet for conservation

12 Jan 2021
Tiger skin
A jaguar skin lies sprawled across a fence post in one of the Brazilian Pantanal’s many cow ranches. This individual was shot by a rancher after a cow was found dead on the ranch. Credit: Steve Winter

To try to quell human-wildlife conflicts, many conservation organisations and governments have turned to financial compensation. By paying the victims of conflict, they aim to remove the incentive to kill or harm an animal when it kills livestock or damages crops.

But does compensation actually work to reduce conflict? The evidence is mixed.

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