Resolution Supporting Efforts in Conserving the Chacoan Peccary

WHEREAS, the Chacoan peccary or Tagua, Catagonus wagneri (Rusconi), was first made known to science as a living species in 1975; and

WHEREAS, it has been found that this addition to the generic list of living mammals of the World has a range restricted to the Gran Chaco of Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina; and

WHEREAS, this habitat is relatively fragile, being semiarid; and

WHEREAS, the Chaco of Argentina has been disturbed and heavily modified for cattle breeding and the Chaco of Paraguay is being cleared and modified by planting of range grasses for cattle ranches; and

WHEREAS, the Tagua is killed in unknown but observedly large numbers for its meat and its hide; and

WHEREAS, the Republic of Paraguay has recently established a national park system that includes a park of approximately 780,000 acres within the range of the Tagua;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Republic of Paraguay is commended for the establishment of a national park system, including one park within the range of the Tagua; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Society also transmit its concern for continued study, inventory, and monitoring of the Tagua towards implementing a long range policy of balanced use and conservation of this unique mammal.