July 7, 2008
It’s Eric with more news about the work we carry out at the Northern Jaguar Reserve. I have to confess that this time I had a really hard time. We faced several problems but in the end we managed to get some results. I think trying to get the best of every experience is a good philosophy, and I won’t let my spirits get down.
At the moment the rainy season in the area is beginning. We had the first rain around June 12. I missed it because I had some things to arrange in Hermosillo, however you can see the effects of rain in the mountains. It was amazing to see how all the plants started to get green, on the other hand it was stressing to see some landslides along the highway and on the dirt road. Also, people warned me about the danger of creeks during rains, so you can imagine how stressed I was.
As for the cameras, we had problems with the batteries – they run out of charge really quickly. We checked the date of each camera, and they stopped two or three days after we installed them. It was really frustrating to check all the cameras and have no pictures on them despite the fact that some of the sites were really good ones. Fortunately, we managed to change the batteries of two cameras in a visit we made with people from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We got two pictures of a really amazing puma that was well built and an Eastern spotted skunk, which is new for our photographic records. Also we managed to find tracks of three jaguars, a male and two females, so it was good; we didn’t lose that information.
Another good thing during the visit was that I met the local tigrero who is now too old to hunt jaguars or pumas. But it was a whole experience to meet him. He is a tall, bald guy with, I have to admit, a funny look, but he can tell you a lot about life in the mountains. He confessed to me what other people had told me before; he doesn’t hunt jaguars any more. His reason is that they are really hard to catch, but he continues watching tracks in the area. He told me about two jaguars that he tracked going together along the river. I hope we can get both of them with the cameras.
Well, I think that’s all for the moment I hope you enjoy the accounts of what happens at the reserve. See you. Until the next time.
– Eric Ramírez Bravo
Eric has been a Jaguar Guardian at the Northern Jaguar Reserve since Spring 2008.