Formal plan, critical habitat designation due by the end of the year
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY —A team of big-cat biologists and conservation scientists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have completed their outline for a jaguar conservation effort for Arizona and New Mexico, setting the stage for the release of a formal recovery plan late this year.
Read all USFWS jaguar recovery planning documents at this USFWS website.
Jaguars were listed as an endangered species in the U.S. in 1972. Internationally, they are listed as near-threatened on the IUCN Red List.
According to some recent estimates, there may be as many as 30,000 jaguars total across their range in South America and Central America, with between 3,000 and 4,000 in Mexico.
Populations thin out toward the northern end of the range, with populations in the Mexican states of Colima and Jalisco north through Nayarit, Sinaloa, southwestern Chihuahua, and Sonora to the border with the U.S. (more…)