Mexico trains community jaguar watchers

2015-11-25 10:25

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Mexico City – Mexico is training community animal watchers to document jaguars and other endangered species, a program aimed at involving rural and indigenous communities in conservation efforts.

Mexico's Environment Department said the community watchers scored rare nocturnal footage of a jaguar in a reserve in the coastal state of Quintana Roo, where the resort of Cancun is located.

The department said it was the first time a jaguar had been documented in the Bala'an K'aax reserve, located in a heavily Maya area of the state relatively far inland from the coastal area.

The department credits 19 local residents from four villages in the reserve for helping set up and monitor the remote-triggered "trap" cameras.

Nationwide, nature reserve authorities have trained more than 1 400 members in 100 community observation and protection brigades.

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