Then we should look at where people want to keep animals, and if it makes sense to expand game into those areas (it means fences, patrolling for snares and additional game management functions).
There are game owners who recognise that they are overstocked and have insufficient genetic diversity in their herds. They wish to release their herds into wider areas. Some seek no compensation from other landowners, some value their herds highly (and that would need to be agreed), while others are offering profit share from breeding on the basis of grazing provided by other owners.
We do not want to make existing game management problems worse by simply dropping fences. We need to normalise those game herds first. And we need to have very clear and explicit participation agreements to prevent the typical problems from recurring.
What are these “problems”?
The cost of monitoring for snares, injuries, losses, etc
The cost of feed during droughts
The cost and maintenance of salt licks and parasite control
Accurate and regular game counts
Controlling grazing so that preferred grazing areas are not irreparably over-grazed or vulnerable to invasive aliens
The emotional but vital decision to remove game to maintain optimal mix, species and numbers
The cost of introducing new genetic lines into the herds (buying, transporting and releasing game, including the cost of a boma if required)
The ownership of the game (who and how much may seem easy in the beginning, but becomes problematic when animals breed, stock is removed, and people participate unevenly in carrying the cost)
As the process has moved along, ideas have emerged. On the topic of game, the suggestion is that we should have a breeding programme of ENDEMIC and threatened species - specifically, Oribi and Sable. There would be high value animals (ecologically and financially) with a low impact on the Natural Environment. We would sell these rare breeds and maintain a good, genetically diverse breeding herd. The initial capital outlay will be high, but we would have an extra-ordinary drawcard, and make a valuable contribution to conservation while remaining appropriate to the region.