Protect Jaguar’s Southwestern Habitat – #BTC4A

Jaguar - Photo: Kim Clune

Getting Catty

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service placed the jaguar on the US endangered species list in 1997, after urging from the Center for Biological Diversity lawsuits and grassroots organizers.  Moving forward, U.S. Fish and Wildlife has  now proposed to protect a few key mountain ranges along the Mexican border as “critical habitat.” While  the Center for Biological Diversity calls the proposed areas vital, they also say these areas are “not nearly enough to ensure the big cat’s recovery.”

According to the Center for Biological Diversity:

The agency has omitted the best jaguar habitat north of the border – the wild Gila ecosystem of New Mexico and the adjoining Mogollon Rim of Arizona — as well as travel corridors that would allow jaguars to move freely between mountain ranges.

From Catty to Fishy

Why do you think that is? If you smell corporate favoritism, you’d be spot on. The Center for Biological Diversity goes on to say:

A foreign-owned mining corporation that wants to build the Rosemont Copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson, Ariz., is lobbying hard to block protections there. This open-pit mine would strip thousands of acres of all life and leave a mile-wide hole in Coronado National Forest. A jaguar was seen last year in the Santa Rita Mountains, and a photo of a jaguar tail was taken in September southeast of Tucson.

Aren’t we all just a little tired of big money overtaking the Earth’s natural treasures?

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
“Protect all habitat needed for Southwest jaguar recovery.”

I just did.

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing this important issue. I am definitely tired of hearing about our valuable resources getting swallowed up for no other reason than cash. Money only lasts so long. It’s time we started looking for and using the many sustainable options there are out there.

    • It’s not even a US mine! The money made would be shipped overseas while we were left with a landscape stripped of life and minerals. I don’t condone any mine there. Don’t get me wrong. I just find a foreign mine even more of a slap in the face.

  2. Jaguars are not the only creatures that would be affected by a massive open pit mine. If we get better at seeing how helping animals benefits human animals too, we might have more success.

    Off to check out the link.

    • Isn’t that the truth, Pamela. As the quote says above “This open-pit mine would strip thousands of acres of ALL life.” (Emphasis mine.) And when these life links go missing, the entire planet suffers imbalance. Thanks for checking out the link. Skimping on what appears to be a good faith effort by Fish and Wildlife feels like nothing more than a mask for what’s truly happening.

  3. Yet another situation of greed, yet another case where priorities are not just skewed, they’re just downright sick…You’re right, a foreign-owned mine is even worse somehow, and with all the wildlife that would be adversely affected, it would truly be a travesty. I’m off to sign the petition, thanks for sharing this!

  4. Ugh… how frustrating. It’s disheartening to see corporate interests take over in this fashion. Thanks for sharing this – I’m heading over to check out the link.

  5. Thank you for bringing this to light. I too am heading over to the link. How sad that our government so readily sacrifices wilderness and wild animals for the sake of private business interests. It just never seems to end. Teddy Roosevelt – our Wilderness Warrior President – must be spinning in his grave.

  6. Wow I am so tired of this happening. Glad you wrote about it – I saw a beautiful Jaguar in Peru…amazing creatures.We already have a real problem with the major predators dying off across the globe, why add to the problem? With that, off to hit the link. Thanks, Kim for this need to know information!

  7. I had no idea that Jaguars are native to the US, like zero, zip & nada. Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. peggyspetplace says:

    Getting around to Blog the Change late, but wouldn’t miss seeing this post. Yes yes and yes…seriously, this animal has enough against it without creating this gaping pit in its habitat. Thanks for posting that link.

    Peggy Frezon
    http://BetheChangeforAnimals.com
    http://peggyfrezon.blogspot.com

  9. How sad – an open pit mine? Like we need another one of those! If there’s any chance at all that these the jaguar could recover from the loss of habitat we’ve inflicted upon them, we should do what it takes to make that happen. Thanks for this great post.

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