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Farmers and Technicians Trained in Strategies to Mitigate Cattle Attacks on Livestock Ranches
- Promoters and producers of the BioPaSOS project's field schools in Campeche acquired skills that will allow them to develop actions in their ranches for a better feline-prey coexistence
September 3, 2019. Researchers from the Juárez Autonomous University of Tabasco (UJAT, its Spanish acronym) trained promoters, producers and technicians from Campeche, Mexico, in the development of strategies to mitigate attacks caused by felines on cattle ranches.
The promoters and producers present at the training, given on August 5, belong to the Field Schools of the Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Livestock Landscapes project, known as BioPaSOS, while participating technicians belong to the Secretariat of Environment, Biodiversity and Climate Change (SEMABICC, its Spanish acronym), Pronatura Yucatan Peninsula and Sembrando Vida program.
The training was carried out through a workshop through which the different options for preventive management and mitigation to damages caused by carnivores in cattle ranches were identified. In addition, the most appropriate mitigation and predation prevention measures for cattle ranchers were determined, according to their social, cultural and economic context.
"The participants became aware of the ecological importance of the jaguar and the consequences that the invasion of its natural habitat has caused. They identified and prioritized the measures that could be most effective within their environmental and socioeconomic context," explained Edwin Pérez, local coordinator of the BioPaSOS project in Campeche.
In turn, the workshop was complemented by a visit to a ranch that already has different management and mitigation practices addressed during the workshop. On this ranch, Miguel Lafount, a producer from the Miguel Colorado community, shared his experience before and after applying mitigation measures on his ranch.
According to Lafount, the implementation of the electric fence, the design of paddocks and corrals in a cart or pizza system, as well as adaptations in handling, among other actions, have allowed him to eradicate the problems of predator attacks that he had previously.
During the training and visit to the model ranch, the promoters, producers and technicians showed a lot of interest and actively participated because several have already suffered the loss of animals by the attack of the jaguar and/or puma.
Pérez mentioned that the workshop managed to sensitize producers about the ecological importance of predators and provided them with tools to develop their own mitigation strategies against possible attacks by felines on their ranches, which will allow a better coexistence between predators and livestock activity in the state.
The workshop was coordinated with the Secretariat of Rural Development (SDR, its Spanish acronym) and the SEMABICC, and was supported by the Panthera A.C. foundation.
The BioPaSOS project is implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and has the support of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), in coordination with the National Commission for the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity (CONABIO, its Spanish acronym) and the Secretariat of Agriculture and Rural Development (SADER, its Spanish acronym), with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI).
Edwin Pérez Sánchez
Biodiversity and Sustainable Agrosilvopastoral Livestock Landscapes (BioPaSOS)
Karla Salazar Leiva
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