In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced its plan to designate critical habitat areas in the Southwest for endangered jaguars. As the largest cat in North America and the third largest in the world, the jaguar is native to the borderlands of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Only about 5,680 jaguars remain in the wild from South America to southern Arizona and New Mexico.
Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity says, "The deserts, forests and mountains of the United States provide important habitat for jaguars, but today's decision may also help jaguars in Mexico and Central and South America through inspiring other nations to undertake similar conservation actions." In addition to the land reserved for the jaguars, a science-based recovery team will join the crew to ensure that research is conducted in a safe manner. "With critical habitat designation and a recovery plan, jaguars will have a chance to roam once again through the southwestern lands they've inhabited since time immemorial," Robinson added.
SOURCE: Environmental News Service.