Pantanal Jaguar Project
One of the major issues affecting scientific research with jaguars in the southern Pantanal of Mato Grosso do Sul state is the killing of jaguars by workers on cattle ranches and by professional hunters. Most of the properties in the area have large herds of cattle and suffer losses because of constant jaguar attacks. A quick and inexpensive solution to this problem is the elimination of jaguars that are allegedly involved in cases of predation.
In order to change this reality, the project will monitor jaguars and record attacks on livestock and involve staff and owners of cattle ranches through scientific, educational and participatory actions in order to better understand the problem of predation and integrate the target audience and jaguar research developed in the study area.
The project intends to work on 24 farms in the southern Pantanal, within the municipalities of Corumbá and Miranda, by collecting scientific data about jaguar longevity and movement patterns and livestock predation by jaguars. In addition, the project intends to improve the knowledge of the target audience (employees and owners of cattle ranches) about jaguar, about the problem of predation on livestock in the region, the unlawful killing of jaguars, the importance to improving the management of livestock to avoid losses, and the need for improved recording of numbers and causes of cattle mortality in the region. The project also seeks to empower the target group through the sharing of knowledge and donation of equipment for data collection to achieve the proposed objectives.
This project will be pioneering in the involvement of the region’s population in a scientific study and serve as a basis for national and regional actions aimed at reducing cases of livestock predation and therefore reduce the mortality of jaguars killed in response to predation on livestock.
Fernando Cesar Cascelli de Azevedo, Ph.D. – Biologist
Henrique Villas Boas Concone, MSc. – Biologist
Alexandre Martins Costa Lopes – Biologist
Cynthia Elisa Widmer, MSc. – Veterinary Medicine
João Batista Elias da Silva – Field Assistant