Invasion or destruction of habitat? The reason why capybaras take refuge in a private neighborhood in Argentina
In Argentina, the controversy continues over the arrival of capybaras or capybaras, the largest rodent in the world, in the closed district of Nordelta, located in Tigre, in the province of Buenos Aires.
The question divides the population into two points of view: some advocate the expulsion of animals; while others are inclined to coexist with them.
Those who ask for expulsion, qualifies this episode as an invasion. Some residents of this area, considered Argentina’s largest private neighborhood and home to many people with high purchasing power, have reported that there have been attacks on pets and traffic accidents.
For this reason, many point out that coexistence is already proving impossible and demand that the animals be transferred to another place.
In contrast, defenders of these animals point out that their proliferation in the streets and around homes is due to the destruction of what has historically been their habitat.
“The capybara is not dangerous at allOn the contrary, it’s elusive, it’s scary, it’s frightening. If you get close, he’ll let you get a bit closer, but when he sees that you are invading his territory, with a little cry or a bark, he’ll tell all the pack members that there is danger and they’ll jump. to the water, ”explains Nora Nouche, a neighbor of Nordelta.
The interviewee adds that “they said that the capybara is aggressive, that he attacks, watch out for children”, which she considers “far from reality”.
For his part, Guillermo Fernández, of the Nuevo Delta Association, mentions that the solution to all this controversy is to restore the balance in the region, which was lost “when they started to tear down the mountains and do new real estate businesses. “.
“Today much of the areas that were wetlands and islands are devastated and that’s why capybaras are […] right now in the street, ”he emphasizes.
Likewise, Javier Vásquez, also a resident of Nordelta, believes that they must learn to cohabit with these animals.
“We are the invaders here, many of us came precisely to be in contact with nature […] We came here and we must respect the animals that were there before, ”he said.
In view of the controversy aroused, Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development has launched a public campaign for people to learn more about capybaras.
“Knowing our native species is the key to valuing them,” said the institution in a post on Twitter, where it states that capybara “constitutes a fundamental element of biodiversity wetlands ”.
The ministry gives recommendations on what to do if you encounter a capybara. In view of this, he asks people:
- Don’t hurt them.
- Don’t come near.
- Contact the competent authority for wildlife or zoonosis.
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