Cattle ranchers' attitudes to conflicts with jaguar Panthera onca in the Pantanal of Brazil

Zimmermann, Anja and Walpole, Matthew J. and Leader-Williams, Nigel (2005) Cattle ranchers' attitudes to conflicts with jaguar Panthera onca in the Pantanal of Brazil. Oryx, 39 (4). pp. 406-412. ISSN 0030-6053. (Access to this publication is restricted)

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Abstract

Across its range in Latin America the jaguar Panthera onca is threatened by habitat loss and through conflict with people. In the Pantanal of Brazil, where large areas of land are devoted to cattle ranching, jaguars often attack livestock and are persecuted by ranchers. However, the extent to which livestock predation and/or other socio-economic factors affect ranchers' tolerance of jaguars is unclear. This study examined ranchers' attitudes towards jaguars and conservation in the northern Pantanal in order to identify ways of resolving jaguar-rancher conflict. The results suggest that most respondents supported the conservation of the Pantanal but that attitudes towards jaguars were mixed and difficult to predict on the basis of socio-economic factors. Attitudes towards jaguars were more closely related to respondents' age and relative wealth than to jaguar-related benefits through tourism or costs through cattle predation. Whilst efforts to reduce cattle losses are needed, it may be equally as important for conservation initiatives to focus on the inherent appreciation of the natural value of the Pantanal within this ranching community.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: attitudes conservation strategies human-wildlife conflict jaguars livestock predation Pantanal Panthera onca PROTECTED AREAS NATIONAL-PARK SNOW LEOPARD CONSERVATION AREA LOCAL PERCEPTIONS LIVESTOCK DEPREDATION ENVIRONMENT CARNIVORES PREDATION
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: C.G.W.G. van-de-Benderskum
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2008 11:25
Last Modified: 28 May 2014 13:09
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/8456 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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