SHORT-TERM MEASURES TO AVOID RETALIATORY KILLING OF A TAPIR (Tapirus bairdii ) DURING A CASE OF HUMAN CONFLICT AT LA AMISTAD BIOSPHERE RESERVE, COSTA RICA

Diego A. Gómez-Hoyos, Rocío Seisdedos-de-Vergara, Fernando Castañeda, Jan Schipper, Ronit Amit, José F. González-Maya

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Abstract

The increase in human tapir conflict and lack of management options is worrying and has been identified as a research priority in previous conservation planning reviews for the group. Crop-raiding by Baird’s tapir was reported on a private farm within the La Amistad Biosphere Reserve, Costa Rica. We conducted an open interview with the owner and baited the tapir out of the damaged area using an artificial salt-lick. The measures taken (quick response, assistance on alternative solutions, and the decision to use of salt-licks) were successful short-term measures to avoid lethal retaliatory control of tapirs.

Key words: conservation, crop-raiding, hunting, interview, salt-lick, tapir.

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El aumento en los conflictos humano-tapir y la falta de opciones de manejo es preocupante, por lo que han sido identificados como una prioridad de investigación en revisiones previas de planeación para la conservación del grupo. En una finca privada ubicada dentro de la Reserva de la Biósfera La Amistad, Costa Rica, se reportó el daño a cultivos de un tapir centroamericano. Se realizó una entrevista abierta con el propietario y se atrajo al tapir fuera del área afectada usando un saladero artificial. Las medidas a corto plazo tomadas (respuesta rápida, asistencia en soluciones alternativas y la decisión del uso de saladeros) al parecer fueron exitosas para evitar el control letal retaliativo de tapires.

Palabras clave: asalto de cultivos, cacería, conservación, entrevistas, saladeros, tapir.


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conservation, crop-raiding, hunting, interview, salt-lick, tapir

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22201/ie.20074484e.2020.10.1.300

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