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.