U.S. Authorizes First Jaguar Habitat

The cats used to inhabit Colorado and North Carolina

Jaguar     Photo: kelticosol/Flickr

On Monday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published the first plan to provide a protected habitat for jaguars. The 838,232-acre area, which stretches through four mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona and New Mexico's San Luis Mountains, would be protected from any activity that would "adversely modify" the land. In a 2007 resolution from the American Society of Mammalogists, jaguar advocates called the creation of a protected habitat "vital to the long-term resilience and survival of the species, especially in response to ongoing climate change." The cats have been listed as endangered since 1997, but this is the first attempt to create a recovery plan for the species.

Via Scientific American

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