26 jaguars killed in Panama so far this year | Video

The featured image that came with the reblogged post. I am uncertain about its origins.
The featured image that came with the reblogged post. I am uncertain of its origins.

I am afraid that I have reached that point in the semester at which multiple papers are due at once. Therefore I do not have much time to write original material for this site. However, I have found an important post that deserves reblogging.

It would seem that jaguar killings are on the rise in Panama, largely as a result of human-wildlife conflict. White-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari), an important prey animal for jaguars, are also in trouble.

The original post describes these findings in much more detail, and discusses what can be done to aid Panama’s jaguars. It also contains an intriguing video of two scientists setting up camera traps in the jungle. The footage is not long, but it provides a window into what it is like to conduct field work in the Panamanian rainforest. Be sure to check it out!

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Ricardo Moreno, research associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama and director of the Yaguará Panamá Foundation, reported at the 20th Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation held recently in Belize that the number of jaguar killings in Panama is on the rise.

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“We have evidence that cattle ranchers killed a minimum of 230 jaguars in Panama between 1989 and 2014,” Moreno said. “We have reason to think that the actual number may be two- or three- times higher. In 2015, 23 jaguars were killed. In 2016, through September, 26 jaguars were killed.”

Moreno and colleagues gathered reports of killings from a wide range of people, from tour guides to livestock owners. Most were in retaliation for predation on cattle, sheep and dogs.

At the meeting, researchers evaluated the conservation status of animals from Mexico through Panama and the health of forests in the…

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11 thoughts on “26 jaguars killed in Panama so far this year | Video

    1. I wish the same thing, Nia. I know that it’s hard for people to lose livestock to jaguars, and their needs are important. But the cats are just trying to survive in a world that is becoming increasingly hostile to them.

      Luckily the original article contains good suggestions for how to address the threats to jaguars and other wildlife in Panama, so there is hope!

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    1. It is heartbreaking, that’s for sure. However, I don’t know what it’s like to be in the position of the people who are losing livestock to jaguars. Therefore I’d rather not pass judgement on them, even though I don’t like to see jaguars killed.

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    1. ¡Gracias por tu aliento!

      Sí, parece ser un problema muy común. En muchos casos los jaguares parecen ser matado para proteger el ganado. Eso es por que es tan importante para trabajar con los ganaderos para encontrar soluciones que ayudar los jaguares sin hacer la vida demasiado difícil por los ganaderos.

      ¿Es la reducción de la presa de los jaguares un problema en Argentina también?

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      1. Claro :( Si, en el norte de Argentina, en la selva, los yaguaretés sufren el mismo problema, si no es el mismo, muy parecido. Por suerte hay campañas de concientización muy fuertes :) Que espero que estén sirviendo de algo!

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    1. It is very sad :( There are people working to help jaguars in Panama, but I think the best way to do that is to work with ranchers to make it easier for them to live with jaguars. We also need to better understand why people are killing jaguars, in case there are other motivations besides protecting livestock.

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  1. Extermination animals terribly! Why don’t people think about future generations? On Earth there is a lot of animals that we never see, and those who are on the verge of extinction. I understand that the Jaguars put damage to farmers. But it is possible to stop these killings?! Thanks for your help in saving the animals!

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    1. Thanks for your comment Tosha!

      One way to reduce the killings of animals like jaguars is to work with farmers to protect their livestock. This can make it easier for farmers to live with jaguars, and can help build strong relationships between conservationists and farmers. I’ve heard of cases in Africa where helping farmers to protect livestock from lions has greatly reduced the amount of lions that farmers kill.

      But this might not completely solve the problem, because people kill jaguars and other large cats for reasons besides just protecting livestock. Sometimes people kill them for money (big cat body parts are worth lots of money in the traditional Asian medicine trade), for cultural reasons, or even just for fun. These cases are harder to solve, and require in-depth research to more fully understand why a particular group of people kills animals like jaguars.

      One thing that will always help, however, is treating people kindly and forming good relationships with them. When people feel like they can trust conservationists, then they’ll be more willing to work with them to help protect animals.

      There are also a growing number of strategies that focus on making wild animals worth more financially alive than dead. There’s some debate over what they’re long-term consequences might be, and I admit that I was skeptical of them at first. But after learning more about these economic strategies I think they can be quite helpful, as long as they’re used carefully.

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