Gone for Decades, Jaguars Steal Back to the Southwest

Carnivore conservation has a great story on the slow and threatened return of the jaguar to the American Southwest.

If the border fence is built, I think part of the plan should be a reintroduction of jaguar.

Note that President Bush recently signed an authoization to build a 700 mile fence along the Arizona/Mexico border, but authorizations require appropriations. These are often not forthcoming, and the whole thing might be an election year stunt. In the next Congress conservationists should lobby for jaguar money.

2 Responses to “Gone for Decades, Jaguars Steal Back to the Southwest”

  1. Guillaume Chapron Says:

    I’m just wandering if the fact that some jaguars are in southwest could legally stop the building of the border fence ? It was not obvious in the article what is the legal status of the jaguar in the US (is it listed ?)

  2. Jean Ossorio Says:

    The jaguar was listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act in 1997, following a lengthy legal and grassroots campaign by the Center for Biological Diversity.

    You can learn much more about the subject (and about the numerous roadblocks on the path to jaguar recovery) by going to their web site and looking through the “Late Breaking News” section. There have been a number of press releases archived there, including one on the lawsuit (URL below).

    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/swcbd/press/jaguar-07-12-2006.html

    Whether or not the fence can be stopped by invoking the ESA is questionable. Ultimately, the courts will probably decide, unless the political winds change in the meantime and funding for the fence is never appropriated.


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