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posted by janrinok on Friday December 15 2017, @06:01PM   Printer-friendly
from the jaguar-and-fries dept.

Accoustic monitoring to stop poachers:

Populations of large cats such as jaguars and pumas are in global decline due to habitat loss and indiscriminate hunting of them and their prey by humans. Newly developed acoustic loggers are able to record sounds of shotguns and chainsaws, shedding light on the frequency and patterns of illegal exploitation.

The results, presented today at the 'Ecology Across Borders' conference in Ghent, Belgium will help monitor biodiversity and reduce human-wildlife conflicts in tropical forests.

Ecologists from the University of Southampton (UK) and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (Mexico) have been studying the presence and distribution of the elusive jaguar and puma in three contiguous regions of protected and unprotected forest in Mexico's Yucatán Peninsula.

Camera traps and analysis of faeces revealed that jaguars and pumas prefer to prey on peccaries, deer and coati—species that are regularly hunted by local communities for their wild meat.

Are jaguars and pumas tastier than peccaries or deer?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:26PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 16 2017, @03:26PM (#610706)

    I meant the jaguars and pumas, of course, not smallpox.

    Too soon?