Bushmeat” refers to the poaching of wild animals for use as a dietary supplement or as a source of income. In the Chiquibul, poaching for bushmeat occurs during the collection of Xate or illegal logging of mahogany. Due to their poverty, Xateros and their families are hungry and are forced to poach Belize’s magnificent wildlife. Animals that are commonly poached for bushmeat are the White Lipped Peccary, White-collared Peccary, Agouti, White-tailed Deer, Red-brocket Deer, Great Currasow, Baird’s Tapir, Crested Guan, Wild Turkeys, Howler Monkeys, and Scarlet Macaws.

Fig. 5 Sources of stress and how they are affecting the ecological functioning of game species communities. Recreated from “Chiquibul Forest BRIM Framework” by FCD.

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Illegal Commercial Bushmeat Trade

Required Reading:
15A biodiversity research, inventory and monitoring (BRIM) framework for the Chiquibul Forest– Illegal Hunting p. 29-30, Game Species Communities p. 42-44
16Conceptual Ecological Model of the Chiquibul/Maya Mountain– Hunting p. 323
20Empty forests, empty stomachs? Bushmeat and livelihoods in the Congo and Amazon Basins