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
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
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
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
Community education; implementation of existing protective legislation; research on predator-prey dynamics.
Impact: Reduction of Andean cat population and negative incidence to its population structure
Community education; sustainable appreciation of ancestral concepts.
Presence of dogs and cats as reservoirs and vectors of diseases
Impact: Introduced diseases
Research to determine extent and possible solutions to this threat.