Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jaguars in the U.S.


Though it sounds hard to believe there are jaguars crossing over into the southwestern U.S. from northwestern Mexico. Yes you read right....JAGUARS. Sightings have been documented in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. JAGUARS at one time thrived in the US, in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, and "possibly" in California, and Louisiana. JAGUAR decline came during the early 1900's due to killing for pelts and fear of it preying on livestock. Loss of habit had also contributed to its decline. Recognition that jaguars were endangered outside the United States, afforded protection for them in Mexico, but not in the United States. Then in 1997 enough evidence was found to indicate that JAGUARS were indeed crossing over into the U.S. prompting the FWS to list them as endangered in the U.S. which then afforded them protection. A charitable organization, the Northern Jaguar Project, incorporated in 2004, includes members (all volunteers) from both the U.S. and Mexico who are working together to protect the endangered northen jaguar. They have helped purchase a 10,000 acre ranch in Sonora, Mexico and are in the process of obtaining and adjacent 33,000 acre ranch. Both of these areas are LOCATIONS FROM WHICH JAGUARS are migrating TOWARD the U.S. border. The NJP is a non-profit conservation organization, accepts donations in the form of funding or materials for operation of the jaguar reserve and field station. All contributions are fully tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. If you would like more information about this project go to their website. If you would like to donate to the project go here. The jaguar photo was provided courtesy of the Northern Jaguar Project.

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