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Posted: Tuesday, December 29, 2020. 3:38 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Forest Department with support from the Belize Zoo and the Ya’axche Conservation Trust responded to a report of a young male jaguar which was captured in Pine Hills, Toledo District on Monday.

The jaguar was successfully relocated to the Belize Zoo.

The Forest Department says that it recognizes that the livelihood and safety of people are important, and it continues to work along with farmers to prevent any further attacks by jaguars on livestock.

The continuous expansion for farming and other developments increases the likelihood of encounters and conflicts with predators, such as the jaguar.

 In addition, the jaguar’s natural food source is decreasing due to overhunting which is forcing these predators to find alternative food sources.

Jaguars and other predators can cause great losses to farmers and are often seen as a problem.

The Forest Department and its partner Non- Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) work with farmers to find solutions to the human-jaguar conflict by recommending non-lethal methods of keeping predators away from farms, homes, and domestic animals.

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