PHOTOS: Jaguars, Short-Eared Dog Caught in Camera Trap

PHOTOS: Jaguars, Short-Eared Dog Caught in Camera Trap
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A herd of piglike white-lipped peccaries triggers a jaguar-survey camera trap in a picture released January 27, 2009. Found in most Central and South America countries, these medium-size, omnivorous hog relatives are jaguar food--and people food, too.

The main threats to jaguars in Ecuador are habitat degradation and loss due to various human activities such as poaching for their highly prized fur, researcher Santiago Espinosa said in a statement.

But the jaguars must also compete with people for their prey, such as peccaries, which hunters sell in local markets. "If the prey species disappear, the jaguar will be gone," says Espinosa.

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—Photograph courtesy of Santiago Espinosa
 
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