The Red Yaguareté / Jaguar Network reports that during 2017 there were no attacks on cows in pastures specially adapted for livestock production in areas with big cats coexistence, in the surroundings of Salto Encantado Provincial Park, in Misiones province, Argentina.
This area has been traditionally conflictive due to the attacks of jaguars -locally called Yaguareté- to cows, which come to graze in paddocks attached to the jungle and by the consequent killings of the big cat in retaliation, which led them to almost disappear from the area.
But since 2011, the Red Yaguareté / Jaguar Network has begun to develop electrified wire and cable systems to prevent felines from approaching these very accessible and abundant dams, to put an end to the conflict and seek coexistence.
“That is why we are very happy to communicate to the society, to those who support us and to those who work in nature conservation, that we have had zero attack this year on the systems we have specially designed. Two predation events have been registered in properties that do not have these systems. However, as a result of them, work has begun on these producers to equip them with anti-predatory measures as well. Little by little, progress is being made and we hope to reach all the paddocks by 2019. ” said Lic. Nicolás Lodeiro Ocampo, Director of the Foundation and the Jaguar and People Coexistence Program.
The objective of this program is to end a conflict that has led Jaguars to the extinction in many parts of the continent and that in Argentina is perhaps the greatest threat facing the species. If the conflict is brought to an end, one of the main causes of extinction is also ended.
At the same time, the monitoring of Jaguar presence in the area continued showing that the big cats are present. “This is very important, because we have confirmed that there are still jaguars in the Cuñá Pirú Valley and that they are not harming the electrified fences, which is exactly what is sought with this project. But it is also very good to know that the jaguar nicknamed Mombyry is registered for the fourth consecutive year in the area, surpassing all the historical survival expectations for this place.” concluded Lodeiro Ocampo.
The Red Yaguareté / Jaguar Network works in this area in conjunction with the Ministry of Ecology, with support from various institutions and their partners.