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Acta zoológica mexicana

versión On-line ISSN 2448-8445versión impresa ISSN 0065-1737


HERNANDEZ REYES, Efraín; RAMIREZ-BRAVO, O. Eric  y  HERNANDEZ TALANCON, Gabriel. Hunting patterns on mammals in the Sierra Norte of Puebla. Acta Zool. Mex [online]. 2017, vol.33, n.3, pp.421-430. ISSN 2448-8445.

Hunting is an important activity in rural areas of the world in such a way that it could be a threat for biodiversity. However, in several countries there is a lack of information on the subject. Thus, this work evaluated hunting habits in the communities of San Andrés Tzicuilán and San Miguel Tzinacapán in the municipality of Cuetzalán, Puebla in Central México. We used semi-structured interviews focused in hunting techniques, species presence, use and abundance among other information. Results showed that the use of fire arm is the most common technique in both communities but, there is a difference in the number of hunted species (17 and 22 respectively) being the most reported: armadillo, raccoon, coatimundi, opossum, squirrel and grey fox. Despite extracted biomass varies between both communities (3.22 kg/hunter/year in San Andrés Tzicuilán and 60.83 kg/hunter/year in San Miguel Tzinacapán) hunters report a diminished abundance in both areas. We found that fauna in the area is under pressure but, less than other zones where bush meat is the principal source of protein. We consider that hunting in the area could be a threat for local biodiversity thus, it is necessary to generate projects focused on the sustainable use of species of major consumption.

Palabras llave : Conservation; Cuetzalan; extracted biomass; Sierra Madre Oriental; subsistence hunting.

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