miércoles, 17 de noviembre de 2010
Conservando el gato Andino mediante mejoras en la cría de ganado caprino, Argentina
Conserving the Andean cat through improved goat breeding, Argentina
The Patagonian and Andean Steppe program of WCS Argentina works to reduce retaliatory killing of Andean cats by Patagonia herders. We believe that improving methods for controlling predation, and reducing the size of goat herds while increasing their productivity, will result in fewer losses to predation, less retaliatory killing of Andean cats, and higher incomes for goat herders. Enthusiastic reports after our pilot project with locally-bred guard dogs led to the introduction this year of legislation in the provinces of Mendoza and Río Negro in support of their use. Goats are sold only as young for meat in local markets, and old, non-reproductive goats (often toothless!) are kept until they die of starvation. This year we found a way to immediately reduce herd densities by selling these old goats in France, where people prefer the meat of old goats. We reduced 19 herds by an average 13%, mostly in the critical Chihuidos area, where at least 4 Andean cats have been killed in the last 4 years.