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!
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.
“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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