Conservationists Save Africa’s Lions By Getting Inside The Lion Killers’ Minds – Yahoo News

Then they choose the bravest warrior to walk up to the lion, unarmed, as bait. In turn, he has picked the best warrior to stand behind him with a spear, ready to kill the lion as it charges. Young warriors vie for both jobs, says Dickman, because they bring status in the community and the attention of women. The one with the spear gets the added privilege of cutting off the lions paw and wearing the middle claw as an amulet. He then goes around the village collecting livestock as a reward and as one of the only available ways of building wealth. For Dickman, understanding the psychology of lion killing is a way to begin to prevent it.


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