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They kill a jaguar in Morona Santiago; Ministry of the Environment filed a complaint

Along with the complaint, the technical report and photographs published on the social network Facebook of the alleged perpetrators of the crime were attached.

“This animal dared to eat my family’s pig and this happened to him,” says the Facebook post of a man who accompanies it with several photos showing the corpse of a jaguar (Panthera onca) juvenile as a trophy. He and several friends pose with the dead cat. The case would have occurred in the San Roque parish, in the Limón Indanza canton, in the Morona Santiago province last weekend.

The Ministry of the Environment, Water and Ecological Transition of Ecuador reported, through the press group on the WhatsApp network, that A complaint was filed with the Prosecutor’s Office to initiate the corresponding legal actions against the alleged perpetrators.

Along with the complaint, the technical report and photographs published on the social network of the alleged perpetrators of the crime were attached.

It is not the first time that a jaguar hunt in Ecuador has been known. Already in 2019 the authorities reported a case in the Loreto canton, in the province of Orellana. Meanwhile, in 2015 a man was sentenced to six months in prison for killing one of these felines in Napo.

Páramo fox was rescued in Duran. It is presumed that the animal was taken from its habitat to make it a pet

The coastal jaguar is more on the brink of extinction than it is in eastern Ecuador. Those who live in the coastal region are in the category of ‘Critically Endangered’, while those who live in the country’s Amazon rainforest are ‘Endangered’.

Both are affected by habitat loss due to deforestation or conversion of the forest to crops and poaching.

The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) presented this month the Jaguar Conservation Strategy, which establishes a continental network to protect 15 priority landscapes located in 14 countries in the Americas whose objective is to guarantee the recovery of this feline.

The protection covers 15 landscapes, identified by scientists over 20 years, of which seven are cross-border and two are in Ecuador.

The Pastaza basin which includes the provinces of Orellana and Pastaza and the Napo region-Putumayo-Meta-Caquetá that covers Ecuador, Colombia and Peru. Yesterday, November 29, World Jaguar Day was commemorated to raise awareness about the protection of this species. (I)

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