AGA has identified direct threats to Andean cat populations, which are listed below.

Land use and water extraction for mining, which effects will potentially increase due to climate change

Impact: Habitat Loss

Interventions

Creation of protected areas and consolidation or improvement of existing ones; management of protected areas in partnership with environmental authorities; implementation of existing protective legislation; involvement of local communities in conservation and decisions on land use; research on desertification processes affecting the Andean cat.


Inappropriate farming practices, agriculture, unregulated tourism, mining, oil/gas extraction, unregulated use of water sources

Impact: Habitat Degradation

Interventions

Work with communities to improve livestock management; management of protected areas in partnership with environmental authorities; work with industries and local communities to regulate touristic activities; implementation of existing legislation; implementation of water management plans where they exist; research on the impacts of habitat degradation Andean cat populations.


Opportunistic and retaliatory hunting

Impact: Reduction of Andean cat population and negative incidence to population structure

Interventions

Conflict mitigation; community education; implementation of existing protective legislation, enhancement of positive perception of the species by local communities.


Hunting of prey populations

Impact: Prey depletion

Interventions

Community education; implementation of existing protective legislation; research on predator-prey dynamics.


Traditional hunting

Impact: Reduction of Andean cat population and negative incidence to its population structure

Interventions

Community education; sustainable appreciation of ancestral concepts.


Presence of dogs and cats as reservoirs and vectors of diseases

Impact: Introduced diseases

Interventions

Research to determine extent and possible solutions to this threat.