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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


Sep 22, 2017 Nancy Daniel
Sep 22, 2017 Mary Woytysiak
Sep 22, 2017 Melissa Bryson
Sep 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 22, 2017 Anne DePalma
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 22, 2017 Linda Mattice
Sep 22, 2017 Rachel Davies
Sep 22, 2017 Helen Evans These beautiful animals need to be kept in protected areas so that their numbers can grow.
Sep 22, 2017 chris jones
Sep 22, 2017 Marti Worth
Sep 22, 2017 hakan alaboz
Sep 22, 2017 Lily Wong
Sep 22, 2017 Debbie Efron
Sep 22, 2017 Lyssa Danehy deHart
Sep 22, 2017 RoseMarie Pingi Jensen
Sep 22, 2017 Sian Whitehead
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Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) How many species do we have to lose before we wake up??
Sep 21, 2017 Ingrid Fines
Sep 21, 2017 Dolores Athuil
Sep 21, 2017 Donna Delin
Sep 21, 2017 Julianne Arfsten
Sep 21, 2017 Andrea Giolli
Sep 21, 2017 Clare Paskiet
Sep 21, 2017 Kathleen Peterson
Sep 21, 2017 Laura Piercey
Sep 21, 2017 (Name not displayed) all animals are so precious and need to be protected including these beautiful jaguars .Please be their voice and help protect our beautiful wildlife ?
Sep 21, 2017 carrielynn Larson
Sep 21, 2017 stephan janssen SAVE THE WILDLIFE!!!
Sep 21, 2017 B. A.
Sep 21, 2017 M Huizinga
Sep 21, 2017 Julie Summerfield
Sep 21, 2017 Tobey Henry
Sep 21, 2017 Heather Charley
Sep 21, 2017 Anita Venturi
Sep 21, 2017 Ruth Adams
Sep 21, 2017 Jill Brown
Sep 21, 2017 Mariana Galán
Sep 21, 2017 Rebecca Fox
Sep 21, 2017 Annie Harrington
Sep 21, 2017 David Booher
Sep 21, 2017 Dale Thoen
Sep 21, 2017 Perry Matlock We must save these rare animals.
Sep 21, 2017 Courtney Wirt
Sep 21, 2017 Susan Laube
Sep 21, 2017 Polly Minkova
Sep 21, 2017 Martine TRACQUI
Sep 21, 2017 Mary Brown
Sep 21, 2017 Jodi Perkins

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