Too Close for Comfort: Panthera Jaguar Scientist Films Encounter with a Herd of Peccaries

While out on a field survey in the Brazilian state of Mato Grasso do Sul, Panthera's Jaguar-Cattle Conflict Coordinator, Dr. Rafael Hoogesteijn, had a close call with a large group of white-lipped peccaries (Tayassu pecari), which serves as a major prey species for the jaguar across most of its range. In the midst of the dry season, Rafael was walking down the waterless riverbed, looking for jaguar sign -- tracks, feces, tree scrapings, or leftover kills -- when he startled a herd of at least 50 to 60 peccaries. As he stood still, Rafael was approached by 4 males (they are known for their poor eye sight), where they came within 4 meters, or about 13 feet, from where he stood, before scenting Rafael and then they ran around him.

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