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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


Feb 21, 2018 Ronda Hightower
Feb 21, 2018 Sandra Elder
Feb 21, 2018 George Martin
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Laila Sunde
Feb 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Tiffany Kramer
Feb 20, 2018 Mia Goodbar Save the jaguars!
Feb 20, 2018 Line Grindeland
Feb 20, 2018 Laurie Colaluca
Feb 20, 2018 Elaine Cheney
Feb 20, 2018 Teresa Renault
Feb 20, 2018 Heta Rousi These incredible cats must be saved!
Feb 20, 2018 Judi Beard
Feb 19, 2018 Louise Larsson
Feb 19, 2018 Jean Stidham
Feb 19, 2018 petra Meerwaldt
Feb 19, 2018 darlene revers
Feb 19, 2018 Donna Brown Help them survive!
Feb 19, 2018 RICHERE DEZIEL Save them ! Restore jaguar populations !
Feb 19, 2018 April Schulte
Feb 19, 2018 Lisa Barrett
Feb 19, 2018 Lori Weed
Feb 19, 2018 Susan & Deborah Denton
Feb 19, 2018 diana bryant
Feb 19, 2018 Laura Kennell
Feb 19, 2018 Dolores Harrison IT'S INHUMANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Feb 19, 2018 Laurence Vanham
Feb 19, 2018 Jen Wild
Feb 19, 2018 carherine JOUINI
Feb 19, 2018 Leslie Hixson
Feb 19, 2018 Petra Stadtmueller
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Regina Boots
Feb 19, 2018 Rich Cristel
Feb 19, 2018 Susan Pappalardo
Feb 19, 2018 Catherine Hamel These graceful, gorgeous felines MUST be saved! Human inefficiency, greed and unlimited sprawl affect this species negatively, as it does many others as well. We must reorganize our priorities to save this beloved jaguar feline faction. With thanks!
Feb 19, 2018 gwen norman
Feb 19, 2018 ELIZABETH HARTRICK
Feb 19, 2018 Dee Pelletier
Feb 19, 2018 josephine skitt
Feb 19, 2018 Eleanor Howard Defenders of Wildlife are very wordy, but the ideas are definitely mine!
Feb 19, 2018 Linda Heimann
Feb 19, 2018 Judy Wexler
Feb 19, 2018 Susan Albert Can't we try and keep a balance for Nature? We need our Jaguars, let make it a strong plan and protect them, thank you.
Feb 19, 2018 Darlene Beauchamp
Feb 19, 2018 Vicky Hollowell
Feb 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 19, 2018 Camilla D’Este
Feb 19, 2018 Patricia Prodromides

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