Activities of field staff curbing the marauding wild animals causing human wildlife conflict in old Oyo National Park
The study examined the activities of Old Oyo National Park (OONP) field staff curbing the marauding wild animals causing human wildlife conflict in the study area. Data were collected using a combination of structured and open-ended questionnaire. All generated data were subjected to descriptive statistics and Pearson’s correlation analyses. Pearson correlation results revealed that reported cases of wildlife attack and compensations made due to wildlife attack were significant (P<0.05),while collaboration between the park authority and communities’ leaders was negative. Based on the findings from this study, it is imperative to examine any human-wildlife conflict issue within the context of economic, social and cultural lives of the people. For effectiveness, mitigation strategies and palliative measures must consider how and why people perceive crop losses the way they do; what they expect from any intervention and who they expect to take responsibility for the issue.
Keywords: Human-Wildlife conflict, marauding, wild animals, Old Oyo National Park