Perceptions of Wildcats and Its Implications for the Potential for Conflict in Guyana

Authors: Andrew Stoeckel*, UT-Dallas
Topics: Animal Geographies
Keywords: potential for conflict index, wildcats, jaguars, pumas, Guyana
Session Type: Guided Poster
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Roosevelt 3.5, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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Humans remain in active and sustained competition with apex predators across the globe in a number of scenarios. For human-big cat interactions, for example, such competition normally manifests itself through direct killing of cats in response to predation by cats on domestic animals and livestock. In this paper, we drew on the potential for conflict (PCI) literature to map conflict across the Guyanese landscape. Guyana’s forests are home to six wildcat species, among which jaguars and pumas, and to some extent, ocelots are the primary offenders in conflict situations. But because wildcat species are confused or predation of a particular species misread, there is a likelihood that all species are equally liable to conflict. We completed 380 interviews on people’s perceptions through sixteen workshops and of the six wildcat species and completed the PCI by geography, demographics, and stakeholders areas of employment. The PCI model developed for each area were compared to determine where differences exist.

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