A Proposal: Ecological relationships of jaguars and pumas and their impacts on major prey species in northern Mexico.
Jaguar projects are prevalent in North America on both sides of the international border. Jaguar (Panthera onca
) hold historic significance and charismatic charm used by governments and NGOs involved in jaguar detection, protection, de-fragmentation, and conservancy. Our professionals are committed to biodiversity: A jaguar as the “spearhead” promotes environmental interest. Puma (Puma concolor
), collared peccary (Pecari tajacu
), and white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus
) are supported by connection, albeit in the presence of domestic cattle (Bos taurus/indicus
). The Team Sonora Jaguar Project is a 5 - 6 year management oriented study. It intends to quantify habitat use of jaguars and to study densities of major prey species while empowering human inhabitants with access to the resources contained in their land and options for eco-tourism and higher education: success is qualified within the social framework of the region.
On approximations and variations of 420 km² of 11 ranch UMA (conservation management unit) ranches southwest of Nacori Chico, Mexico, our team vaqueros and science specialists work side by side to: Conduct density estimates
on predator and prey populations by using randomly and selectively placed camera traps
; fit radio collar (GPS)
units on jaguar and puma (capture and handling protocol developed by team veterinarians) to conduct range-use analysis
of xeric riparian landscape and to determine basic ecological parameters
; use DNA scat analysis
to identify species and individual animals and prey items selected; fit domestic cattle with VHF transmitters
to investigate cattle survival, movements, and mortality-cause relative to reproductive schedules
; and augment
peccary herds by translocation
to portable pens from a receiving area and research facility
A comprehensive worldview spawns project extrapolations in increment proposals and complimentary papers: “Conservation Strategy for Jaguars and Pumas in northern Sonora Mexico”; “Research and Development of Threat Reduction to the Mountain Lion at Predator/Prey Interface with Domestic Cattle a Complimentary Model”; “Essential Telecommunications Service Plans and Products for Jaguar/Puma Interests in Comparative Study Sites in Southwestern North America”; “Translocation
of Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu
) as Alternative Prey to Reduce Livestock Depredation and to Increase Hunting Opportunity”; “Dynamics of the seroprevalence of canine distemper and rabies in puma (Puma concolor
)”: and an ever growing number of innovative proposals.
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