The paradoxical situation of the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil

Lima, Mendelson, Peres, Carlos Augusto, Abrahams, Mark Ilan, Silva Junior, Carlos Antonio Da, Costa, Gerlane De Medeiros and Santos, Reginaldo Carvalho Dos (2019) The paradoxical situation of the white-lipped peccary (Tayassu pecari) in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, 17 (1). pp. 36-39. ISSN 2530-0644

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Abstract

Populations of white-lipped peccaries, Tayassu pecari, have already been extirpated or drastically reduced in much of the Neotropics, but are still relatively abundant in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, the country's largest maize and soy producer. This article synthesises over a decade of experience both visiting farms which experienced crop damage and working with hunters, farmers and technicians who live in areas of conflict with T. pecari. These social ungulates feed within maize plantations bordering forest fragments during the entire cultivation cycle and farmers in Mato Grosso vociferously protest the severe economic losses they cause. To protect their crops from damage, farmers slaughter white-lipped peccaries using firearms, traps and mass poisoning. We also draw attention to the need to mitigate the damage caused in agricultural frontiers by this ecologically important species, such that it is not decimated as it has been in the Caatinga and Atlantic Forest biomes.

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Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2019 16:30
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2020 02:29
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/69597
DOI: 10.1016/j.pecon.2018.12.001

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