The CCB research team has placed ten GPS tracking collars on cattle in the remote Kalahari settlements of Bere and Kacgae to monitor their movement patterns and dispersal during the wet season. The objective of the study is to observe cattle movements in Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in order to determine general ranging patterns of cattle on daily and seasonal occasions. The findings from this pilot project will be used to provide farmers with insight as to where and how far their cattle go from their cattle posts. The findings will also determine the extent of movement into WMAs. Lastly, this project will assist us in determining if there are any hotspot areas used by cattle that can be targeted for conflict mitigation in the study area. Currently farmers are being informed monthly about movements are very excited to see the results. We hope to derive useful data that will assist these farmers understand and monitor their cattle movements and avoid grazing in conflict areas.
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