The situation of the wildcats can only improve if we humans learn to live with them. In Yaguará we consider that working with the local communities and generating scientific evidence that can be immediately applied to conservation are equally important components of our work. The decline of the jaguar populations in their range of distribution (southwest USA to the north of Argentina), is due to direct poaching -for its skin, and fangs or in revenge for a wildcat predation on a domestic animal-, indirect poaching -when people hunt and decimate their main preys-, and also greatly to habitat loss. We firmly believe that jaguar conservation can only be possible if we manage to make local people understand the great value that they have, and if we can provide enough information about how their populations stand in the wild, to be able to implement effective conservation actions. Since 2006 we have done more than 475 chats in communities, educational centers, homes, lodges, organizations, meetings and workshops. Our work has always involving local people and in Central America we are of the very few researchers that live and work directly with the people located in our study area. We think this is why our work has had such important and relevant results, but especially promising ones to achieve the conservation of jaguar populations.

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