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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

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

Nov 18, 2017 Kelly Cole
Nov 18, 2017 Rachit Garg
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanie Wright
Nov 18, 2017 Pat Ruotolo
Nov 17, 2017 Phebe Watson
Nov 17, 2017 Maura Shannon
Nov 17, 2017 Norma Lozada
Nov 17, 2017 Carol Taylor
Nov 17, 2017 Gloria Taylor
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Nov 17, 2017 Elena Štendler
Nov 16, 2017 Madalena Hutcheson
Nov 16, 2017 Linda Johnson Please help save!
Nov 16, 2017 susan shi
Nov 16, 2017 susan shi
Nov 16, 2017 MARIA WESELOH
Nov 16, 2017 Susan Spencer When the predators disappear, humans have to pay to control prey animals that multiply out of control. Besides, we have no idea what we are doing on this planet, besides destroying it that is. Couldn't we do something constructive for a change?
Nov 16, 2017 Ingela Fjällbrant
Nov 16, 2017 Christine Zens
Nov 16, 2017 Kandace Flom
Nov 16, 2017 BARBARA ITO
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Nov 16, 2017 Christy DuCharme
Nov 16, 2017 Setsuko Yamamoto
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Nov 15, 2017 Camilla Charlier
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Nov 15, 2017 Patricia Ayers
Nov 15, 2017 Zoe Rolt
Nov 15, 2017 R. Schultz
Nov 15, 2017 Kirsi Elena Vieri
Nov 15, 2017 Jaana Sundell
Nov 15, 2017 lecat Anne
Nov 15, 2017 Susan Severino
Nov 15, 2017 Dora Minshull Enough is enough. Enough with the violence that animals suffer because if our greed and lack of consciousness. Let's take a step foward in the evolutionary scale.
Nov 15, 2017 Erin McDonald RVT
Nov 15, 2017 Lucy Stevenson
Nov 15, 2017 amy lerner
Nov 15, 2017 Marina Nemeth
Nov 15, 2017 Nicole Ladson
Nov 14, 2017 Kiyoki Locklear
Nov 14, 2017 Frank Verga
Nov 14, 2017 Heather Sheppard-Harlow
Nov 14, 2017 Hal Trufan
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Nov 14, 2017 Deborah Acquisti
Nov 14, 2017 Maria Kalousi
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