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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

May 22, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 21, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
May 21, 2018 (Name not displayed) I like them alot.
May 21, 2018 Melissa Masters
May 21, 2018 Kate Evans
May 20, 2018 Mark Benfold
May 20, 2018 Sue White
May 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 18, 2018 MYRIAM FABECK
May 17, 2018 JANICE CHUI
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 15, 2018 Devan Burdick
May 14, 2018 Lisa Heloskie
May 14, 2018 Diane Diernbach
May 14, 2018 Lynette Schultz
May 14, 2018 Carol Gleason
May 14, 2018 Christine Hernandez-Dombrowski We need to save animals and not kill them all off. We are throwing nature out of balance by what we do and we will suffer for it as well.
May 14, 2018 Fernanda Haberman
May 14, 2018 Katie Grabill If we don't protect them and take a stand, we will positively lose them. They are teetering on the brink.
May 14, 2018 Heather Graham
May 13, 2018 Susan Greifenkamp
May 13, 2018 Roxanne Roehler
May 13, 2018 Rebecca Hanna Please save the Jaguars!!! They're a beautiful cat that deserves the right to live & be free! They are God's creatures! 😍😘
May 13, 2018 (Name not displayed) We need to do what we can to help save our planet. And this includes protecting animals and their habitat. We are stewards of all creation. And not master of one. Praying jaguars live on. And not just as a car brand.
May 13, 2018 Emily Mantey Smith
May 13, 2018 Juana Escalante
May 13, 2018 Kristin Green
May 13, 2018 Rachelle Matossian Preserve and protect
May 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 11, 2018 Becky Tank
May 11, 2018 Celina Silva
May 10, 2018 Ana Suarez
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 9, 2018 Renee Kuchenbrod
May 9, 2018 Fritz Bittrich
May 8, 2018 Maria Gonzalez
May 8, 2018 Jessica de Saint-Martin 🌸🌸🌸
May 8, 2018 Alison Flood I live in England but vote in Texas. Please adjust and improve the jaguar recovery plan.
May 7, 2018 Angelina Manuel save our wildlife. I also really care about wildlife.
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Linda Millemaci
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 2, 2018 Anna Olsson
May 1, 2018 Sylvie Rochat
May 1, 2018 Anais Cudel
Apr 30, 2018 Gabriele Jefferson
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Apr 29, 2018 Audrey Mercaldo
Apr 29, 2018 Mladen Nanic
Apr 29, 2018 Drazen Bukovec

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