Project Wildcat Trains Ranchers On Non-Lethal Methods To Stop The Killing Of Jaguars

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One of the signature programs is Project Wildcat, which helps preserve the beautiful jaguars and other big cats in Sonora, Mexico.

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Jaguars are majestic animals that were once supreme predators in Sonora, Mexico. Sadly, due to loss of habitat they have wandered onto farmland and started to prey on cattle. This led to a war between the ranchers and jaguars.

Ranchers were shooting, poisoning and killing the jaguars along with other large predators. Over the past three years, 8% of Sonora’s jaguar population have been killed by ranchers who felt threatened by the natural predators.

There are only 80 jaguars remaining in Northern Sonora, Mexico. If ranchers continued to kill them to protect their cattle, jaguars would have gone extinct. GreaterGood stepped in to help protect the jaguar by giving the ranchers non-lethal solutions.

Photo: GreaterGood’s Project Wildcat is currently working with six ranchers to supply them with tools, supplies and training to protect their cattle from jaguars, and in return the ranchers vow not to kill them in a signed agreement.

Wildlife cameras are strategically placed on their properties and surprise visits are conducted to make sure the ranchers are abiding by the agreement.

The No-Kill agreement states that ranchers will receive financial compensation for all cattle lost to predators and trained in methods to keep their cattle safe. Project Wildcat is working closely with ranchers to establish solar water pumps to get cattle to high ground and away from predators. Another technique is synchronized cattle breeding program, which restricts calf production to a three-month window, instead of all year. This will lower the amount of calves killed by predators.

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Ranchers have implemented the cattle management techniques, which have reduce jaguar predation on calves by 75%! These new techniques will also help protect other predators like mountain lions, ocelots and bears.

In addition, is working with Primero Conservation to double the size of their 35,000-acre wildlife corridor strategically located just north of the existing Northern Jaguar Reserve in Sonora. All sorts of animals call the wildlife corridor home.

The critically endangered jaguars and other large predators have been spotted on the wildlife cameras installed by Project Wildcat. 48 different species were captured on camera including: 22 birds, 20 mammals, 4 reptile, 1 amphibian, and a butterfly.

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Jackson Galaxy, known as the “Cat Daddy”, explains how Project Wildcat is helping preserve big cats in the video below. You can help by donating. Just $7.20 protects 5 acres of land for jaguars. Together, we can protect these big cats from going extinct and show there is a way to coexist.

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Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast who resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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