From the month of October to March 2013 Friends for Conservation and Development research team was actively involved in studying the effects of poaching on game species in the Chiquibul Forest. During the study it was discovered that the abundance of game species from the western border to the interior of the study area was even, meaning that more than likely game species are targeted throughout the entire Chiquibul forest, and are being impacted by poaching. FCD says it is aware that poaching is fast becoming a lucrative activity not only for subsistence but for commercial purposes. This was confirmed through records made of Guatemalan nationals being detained with up to 15 game birds. The organization says that the illicit activity has been increasing over the years due to an increase of the human footprint, which is as a result of an increased xate extraction, milpa farming and illegal logging caused by Guatemalan communities located nearby the western border of the Chiquibul forest.