Whistling for the Jaguar

The un-redacted story of the jaguar, Macho B's snaring and death.

Basic Talk

While doing some research I came across this article.

It is a thought provoker concerning the most intrusive but accepted methodology in wildlife research, capturing animals. Macho B’s capture is a highlighted example to the preface of the essay.

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3 thoughts on “Basic Talk

  1. chris339 on said:

    Thanks for posting this, Janay. While I agree it’s past time for a conversation, I don’t completely agree with his suggestions. Not all projects require IACUC approval, and those that do are subject to rules that often apply more to lab animals than wild animals (I’ve had to have long talks with IACUC directors who automatically checked of “animals will be euthanized at end of study.” I also disagree with the requirement that a veterinarian be present for any animal handling. In my experience, vets are often more of a hindrance than help, and usually have trouble translating their lab studies to field work. I do agree that anyone attempting to anethetize an animal should undergo a good certification program, and have the proposal subject to peer review.

    • Chris, thank you for sharing your experience. When it comes to capturing and handling animals I have wondered why vet tech experience is not a requirement for biologists in training? I also wonder how “biologists” can go from project to project after maiming and/or killing animals? Just a few questions this essay brings up for myself.

      • chris339 on said:

        Having a vet tech present, and encouraging field biologists to get vet tech training would be a very good idea, as long as there’s field work with wild animals involved so they learn the critical thinking skills necessary to assess “should I?” not just “can I?”. I think it’s rare for biologists to continue injuring and killing animals – most of us are horrified when things go wrong and try to learn from our mistakes. Although it’s also not unusual in wildlife biology training to be taught that a certain percentage of mortality is acceptable (game agencies may consider 5-10% acceptable). Those are the types of things the public really needs to keep an eye on. Keep asking those critical questions, Janay!

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