In an effort to prove that it is better to be armed with a keen knowledge of the forest and the movements of animals than with a hunting rifle, hunters from several communities in Osa joined photographers to capture wildlife (on film!) as part of a celebration that took place for International Wildlife Day (Día de la Vida Silvestre) which took place on July 29.
With the theme, “Wild Peccaries and My Community,” they announced the winners of the photography contest, in which the communities of Los Planes, Progreso, Los Ángeles, and Drake participated. These communities are known for the presence of hunting. They spent the day walking trails and using their hunting skills to track boars, cats, peccaries, and other wildlife.
Hunters from Los Planes, El Progreso, Rincón, Los Ángeles and Drake – all communities in Osa – took part in the event. The photo competition was sponsored by ACOSA (Osa Conservation Area) with the help of various NGOs including the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), Corcovado Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Yaguará, Ascona, and Osa Conservation. Our own wonderful Pilar Bernal helped organize and coordinate the event. You can see the article below for more information about this successful effort to regulate hunting in favor of biodiversity protection. Thanks to everyone who participated!
Check out this article to learn more! [Spanish]