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    Human-Crocodilian interactions in Latin America and the Caribbean region

    Pooley, Simon and Siroski, P. and Fernandez, L. and Sideleau, B. and Ponce-Campos, P. (2021) Human-Crocodilian interactions in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Conservation Science and Practice , ISSN 2578-4854. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    In order to mitigate harmful interactions with wildlife, we need to understand the interactions between predators, domesticated animals and humans. Largescale transformations of crocodilian habitats across the Latin America and Caribbean region, alongside significant use of crocodilians as a resource, and retaliatory killing of crocodilians following (or to prevent) attacks on humans and their animals, are generating significant conservation challenges. This matters because this is the world’s most biodiverse region for crocodilians. Because there is little information on specific situations across this vast and complex region, in 2018 we initiated a biannual questionnaire survey to establish a reporting network. In this paper, we summarise the findings of surveys conducted in 2018 and 2020. We triangulate this feedback with croc attack data, consultation with regional experts, and the published and grey literature. We identify overall trends in negative human-crocodilian interactions at country level, the most reported causes of these, and identify the key species and regions of concern. We report on management policies and responses to negative interactions including direct action and outreach activities. We acknowledge (and clarify) key knowledge gaps, and motivate for improved cooperation across the region with regard to policies, management and data collection and sharing.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): crocodilians; human-wildlife conflict; Latin America; Caribbean
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Simon Pooley
    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2021 14:19
    Last Modified: 07 Mar 2021 06:26
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/42331

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