Today we publish a paper that is bound to cause discussion and interest amongst conservationist and human-wildlife groups. Enoch M. Ontiri, Martin Odino, Antony Kasanga, Paula Kahumbu, Lance Robinson, Tom Currie, Dave J. Hodgson surveyed 213 Maasai communities from three geographic regions to test hypotheses regarding the retaliatory nature of lion-killing.

Read the paper here and watch their video blog below to find out why their results should change the perceived wisdom that lion-killing is a retributive act caused by general loss of livestock.

Authors Tom Currie and Dave Dodgson can be found on twitter @DaveHodgson00 and @TomCurrieEvo

Ontiri et al tweetable paper