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The jaguar is making its last stand along the U.S.-Mexico border, and this elusive and endangered cat desperately needs your help.

After years of inaction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has finally proposed a jaguar recovery plan. While the proposed plan signals a step in the right direction, it is far from what the jaguar will need to make a recovery in the U.S.

Jaguars can recover and even thrive in the wild with our help — but we'll need more of them and unobstructed corridors between Mexico and the U.S.

Tell the FWS you support jaguar recovery efforts wherever there is potential habitat in the United States!

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Dear Field Supervisor Spangle,

I care deeply about America's wildlife. I am especially excited about the third confirmed jaguar recorded in the United States since 2011. I want to fully recover jaguars wherever there is potential habitat throughout Arizona and New Mexico as well as south of the border in México.

Thank you very much for all your efforts to restore jaguar populations and especially for the hard work that clearly went into the draft jaguar recovery plan. It is a good start.

Even though the official comment period for the draft recovery plan is over, I felt it was important to still send you my feedback in support of jaguar recovery.

The plan proposes sound goals, priorities, and actions within the Mexican part of the northern jaguar's range, but largely overlooks recovery in the United States. The recovery plan will only be adequate if it: a) enlarges the recovery area to include all significant blocks of potential habitat in the U.S., including north of I-10 and b) seriously considers translocation, without which recovery in the U.S. will likely never happen.

There are several strengths of the draft recovery plan. The plan makes partnering with Mexico a keystone strategy. It is essential to protect and grow the northern Sonoran population because it is the source for those jaguars appearing in the U.S. The plan has down-listing and delisting goals with specific numeric targets that will guide joint Mexican-U.S. actions. Finally, the plan lays out an approach that makes scientific and practical sense, including gathering scientific knowledge, maintaining or improving the status of the jaguar population, assuring adequate prey, protecting and improving habitat, minimizing and mitigating effects of direct killing and other human activities, providing adequate resources for conservation, and using adaptive management to improve actions as time goes on.

However, the draft jaguar recovery plan can be improved if it would:

  • Include all potential jaguar habitat in the U.S., not just a small area south of I-10.
  • Include specifics on how a breeding population of jaguars could be re-established both north and south of I-10.
  • Include planning for how to keep Davidson Canyon and other natural corridors across I-10 open to jaguars so the opportunity remains for jaguars to colonize further north.
  • Advocate for unobstructed jaguar corridors across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • Commission an impartial, science-based feasibility analysis for translocating jaguars, particularly females, to the U.S. so that we can once again have a breeding U.S. population.
  • Include numerical targets for jaguars in the U.S., based on how many could live in all the potential U.S. habitat.
  • Include adequate consideration of the impacts of climate change on long-term recovery. The FWS must assess and consider the likely effects of climate change on the northern range of the jaguar, including potential projected range shifts of current populations in Sonora to habitat further north in the U.S.

I hope that you will seriously consider these improvements and incorporate them into the final jaguar recovery plan. I look forward to the day when there is a viable, breeding population of jaguars in the United States of America. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

Thank you for your consideration.

Petition Signatures


Jul 22, 2018 David Young
Jul 21, 2018 Jacqueline Muzio
Jul 21, 2018 Catherine Ogburn
Jul 19, 2018 Richard Rawlings
Jul 19, 2018 Deanna Phillips
Jul 19, 2018 Jean-Pierre Lacan
Jul 19, 2018 Aartje Van den heuvel
Jul 19, 2018 Liza Ruiz
Jul 15, 2018 Marlisa James
Jul 13, 2018 Donna Salisbury
Jul 12, 2018 irina antoshkina
Jul 6, 2018 Lawrence Toush
Jul 2, 2018 Margarete Rosa Da Silveira
Jun 29, 2018 Martha Winsten We must do everything that we can to protect the jaguar.
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 26, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 24, 2018 Marc Ochs
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 16, 2018 Janet Ginepro
Jun 13, 2018 Mitra Pejman
Jun 10, 2018 Victoria Lampett
Jun 8, 2018 Michelle Fay
Jun 8, 2018 PEGGY MORRIS
Jun 8, 2018 Lisa Osthues
Jun 8, 2018 Elizabeth Chang
Jun 8, 2018 Pamela Timmerman
Jun 8, 2018 Laura Valentine
Jun 8, 2018 Amy Harlib
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
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Jun 4, 2018 Anita Masson
Jun 4, 2018 kathy little
Jun 4, 2018 j k
Jun 4, 2018 Maria Cardenas
Jun 4, 2018 Amber Jacobs
Jun 4, 2018 Annita Bowman
Jun 3, 2018 Cynthia Weiss
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 28, 2018 madeleine dao
May 28, 2018 Leisa Baumann
May 28, 2018 Richard Bosboom
May 26, 2018 Jo Davidson
May 26, 2018 Anna Tolmacheva
May 25, 2018 Debra Raymond
May 25, 2018 Nick Baron
May 25, 2018 Francisco Cázares
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 23, 2018 Alexandra Capitanucci
May 23, 2018 Rosemary Lojo
May 23, 2018 Linda Scott

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