Domesticated cattle are fast food for lions

Lions show specific preferences for particular cattle types. They exploit cattle when available and repeatedly kill cattle in areas where they are left unguarded or unprotected, also targeting animals that are easiest to catch. Lion populations across Africa have dropped precipitously over the past century, putting them at risk of local extinction in some areas, especially when they move out of protected parks and are killed by livestock owners protecting their herds.

Wild lions in the Okavango Delta remain vulnerable to retaliatory human persecution when they kill domesticated cattle.


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