There has been a long drought in Corosha and this is a really bad combination with the slash-and-burn practices people have here. People use fire to clear areas for new plantages. But every now and then, things go wrong. Almost a whole national park was burning down recently in northern Peru, which has put many species of birds at risk. From us, it is located about 4-5 hours away by car, but it still filled the air in the village full of smoke. Unfortunately, this did not prevent the people in our neighborhood from continuing with the slash and burn, and now the entire hill above us is burnt down as well. It is really sad, as these practices essentially also threatens the yellow-tailed woolly monkey.
It seems that the drought has made the bears keep away from Copal as well, and only one has been seen now for the last 3 weeks. We hope that they come back soon!