Many years ago, the mighty jaguar roamed from Argentina to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The biggest American cat, jaguars were killed in the U.S. mostly due to conflicts with livestock. Combine that with habitat fragmentation and loss of important travel corridors, and you end up where we are today: Jaguars have been virtually wiped out in the United States.
Yet wild jaguars can still be found in Mexico, and when they cross the border into the U.S., the mountainous southwest has plenty of suitable habitat. So is the U.S. is ready to welcome jaguars back?
Sadly, even though the species was listed as endangered in 1997, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service still hasn’t finished their recovery plan. That means there’s no game plan to ensure the safe recovery of this species in the U.S.
Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finish the jaguar recovery plan and start actively working to restore jaguars in the U.S.!