08 November 2010 Jaguar Decision Delayed Posted by: James Navarro | 2 comments | Share: Arizona's last regularly seen jaguar America’s biggest cat will have to wait another year for habitat protections, federal wildlife officials said in a letter last month. Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service settled lawsuits brought by the Center for Biological Diversity to establish critical habitat for the jaguar and a separate challenge from Defenders seeking a recovery plan for the endangered cat. But authorities say it will take another year to fully analyze potential habitat in the U.S., according to a Scientific American report. A critical habitat designation would help identify and protect the areas jaguars need to find food, shelter and possibly mates. Habitat loss, population growth and over hunting have taken a heavy toll on these spotted felines. Researchers think that the northern fringes of the jaguar’s range, in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, will become increasingly important to its survival as deforestation and development destroy habitat throughout Mexico, Central and South America. Jaguars once widely roamed from South America across the Southwest to Texas. But habitat loss, population growth and over hunting have taken a heavy toll on these spotted felines. By the mid-20th century, jaguars were all but exterminated in the U.S. Macho B in a snare The Last One Macho B—the last known jaguar to regularly prowl Arizona’s outback—was put down in March 2009 after the large male’s kidneys failed, a condition blamed, in part, on stress related to his capture. Twelve days earlier, researchers found the 15-year-old cat with his front paw dangling in a snare that was meant for bears and cougars. Few jaguars are seen crossing over the U.S.-Mexico border, where the 670-mile-long border wall threatens migration corridors linking habitats in both countries. Researchers had hoped that Macho B would teach them more about jaguar movements. He was tranquilized, collared with a radio tracking device and then set free. But instead of insight, the radio broadcasted trouble, showing that Macho B’s movements had become slow and irregular. Tests later revealed that his kidneys were failing so severely that he would not recover. And Arizona’s last known wild jaguar was euthanized at the Phoenix Zoo. Give a Gift that Helps Save Jaguars Jaguar adoptions are a great way to share your appreciation for these fantastic felines while helping to support Defenders’ work on their behalf. Save Something Wild! Visit our Wildlife Adoption Center to adopt a jaguar or one of our 26 other imperiled animals today! 2 Responses to “Jaguar Decision Delayed” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Senate Wakes Up to Climate Change…At Least Some of Them Tonight more than 20 senators will be taking over the Senate floor to pull an all-nighter to “wake up” Congress to climate change. Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential.