Fantastic news for jaguars! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last Friday formally proposed to protect 838,232 acres - an area larger than the state of Rhode Island - as “critical habitat” for endangered jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico.
Over 14,500 Care2 members signed a petition asking the Department of Interior to implement their pledge to protect jaguars and their habitat. The petition sought protected habitat in the U.S. for jaguars, and to develop a recovery plan to save these incredible cats.
Although jaguars are often thought of as tropical creatures, these amazing cats used to roam the Southwestern United States. Like the gray wolf, jaguars were driven from the United States by federal and state predator-killing programs. But just recently, two jaguar sightings were confirmed in southern Arizona!
Further evidence that online petitions work and can make a big difference!