Jaguar, © Barry Draper

Arizona’s Rosemont Mine Threatens Only U.S. Jaguar

What happens when a Canadian mining company wants to dig a huge open-pit copper mine on U.S. public land, right where the only jaguar in the U.S. lives? The government agency charged with protecting the animal gives it the thumbs up.

Wait – what?

That’s right. Hudbay Minerals’ Rosemont mine (slated for the scenic Santa Rita Mountains in Arizona’s biologically rich Mountain Empire) is a step closer to breaking ground, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). The project encompasses a 9 ½ square mile open-pit mine, which would occupy up to 33% of the territory of the only known jaguar in the U.S., placing it and other endangered and threatened species at risk. Yet in its recent assessment of the project, FWS somehow concluded that the Rosemont Mine would not violate the Endangered Species Act (ESA). With that agency’s approval, the project is free to move forward to the next phase.

An Uncertain Future for El Jefe and our Hopes for U.S. Jaguars

This jaguar — named El Jefe, or Chief, by Arizonan school kids — has been repeatedly photographed during the last two years roaming the mountains where the mine is planned.

In a major understatement, FWS does acknowledge that the mine would likely “harass” El Jefe. Under the ESA, harassment means any actions likely to injure wildlife by significantly disrupting behaviors like feeding or sheltering. It’s easy to see how Rosemont Mine will do just that. The mine would require massive earthmoving equipment, blasting, powerful lights around the clock, and millions of gallons of water siphoned from the area’s streams, ponds, and groundwater. Digging a giant hole in the middle of his territory would force El Jefe to move, which could be dangerous. Big cats often die in strange territory because it’s harder for them to find prey and to avoid people.

If the Service admits that the mine would force El Jefe out of his territory, how can it allow this project to move forward? Strangely enough, the agency simply doesn’t think that he is necessary. The Service’s position is that because there are jaguars in Mexico and Central and South America, El Jefe is superfluous. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

As the only jaguar living in the U.S., El Jefe represents a huge step forward for jaguar recovery in the U.S. Displacing him would be a massive setback, putting yet another roadblock in the way of someday having a healthy population of jaguars right here in the Southwest.

Rosemont Mine is a Critical Hit to Critical Habitat

Just two years ago, the Service determined what areas are “critical habitat” for jaguars — the lands that are essential to the conservation of that species, and that must be protected. The proposed site of the Rosemont Mine is part of that critical habitat, making it even harder to understand how the Service could approve such a project. According to the Service’s own assessment, the mine’s roads, lighting, noise, and other factors could harm as much as 78 square miles of jaguar critical habitat – far beyond the footprint of the mine itself.

The Service’s decision also gives the go ahead to harm other ESA-listed species by diminishing the water supply of those making their last stand in and near the Santa Rita Mountains. That list of creatures includes a number of southwestern icons, like the ocelot, native fishes, northern Sonoran garter snake, Chiricuahua leopard frog, western yellow-billed cuckoo and southwestern willow flycatcher. Studies done for the Service conclude that the mine’s water guzzling would lower the levels in nearby streams, and increase the number of days in which those streams go dry (an impact made even worse by climate change). Even after the mine closes and stops actively draining water from nearby sources, the water remaining in the pit would be poisonous because of acid and heavy metals. And as water evaporates from the pit, it will pull in more from the groundwater, continuing to steal water from local wildlife essentially forever.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Negotiates a Bad Deal for Wildlife

The Service rationalized its approval of this project by accepting the mining company’s offer to take certain measures to lessen the impacts it would have on wildlife. Measures like requiring its vehicles to drive slowly to avoid hitting jaguars or ocelots, or spending $1.25 million on enhancing and managing habitat. In all, the mining company plans to invest approximately $5 million in mitigating the impacts of its mine on wildlife — a drop in the bucket compared to projected after-tax income of $6.9 billion for the life of the mine. Yet this is what the Service agreed to, dropping a number of more effective (and more costly) actions the agency had initially proposed once it became clear the company would not agree to them.

What few mitigation measures survived into the final agreement are flawed. The mining company agreed to purchase and protect habitat on three ranches that together have roughly the same number of acres as the pit. But local conservationists who know these lands well say that the value of the replacement land comes nowhere near to matching what would be lost. Natural seeps and springs would be replaced by artificial ponds, for instance. And the mitigation lands would not replace loss of a major wildlife corridor likely used by jaguar and ocelot.

When done right, mitigation measures can be effective in helping to keep development projects from harming wildlife. But it’s clear that in this case, it simply isn’t being done right. The deal the Service struck with this mining company doesn’t benefit jaguars and other wildlife – it puts them in danger.

This deal may be good enough for the Service, but it isn’t for us. We are working with local groups like Save the Scenic Santa Ritas and the Patagonia Area Resource Alliance to stop mining projects like this one throughout the Mountain Empire. With the support of these allies and concerned wildlife activists like you, we can keep fighting to ensure that El Jefe continues to roam Arizona’s breathtakingly beautiful Mountain Empire.

The Long-awaited Return

With one solitary jaguar back in the U.S., and plans in the works to move its conservation forward, could we soon see a real return of this long-absent native species?

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Categories: Jaguar, Rosemont Mine, Wildlife

96 Responses to “Arizona’s Rosemont Mine Threatens Only U.S. Jaguar”

  1. Jeff

    Congrats to Rosemont Copper for finally getting past these desperate and pathetic attempts by private-industry-hating interlopers to prevent job growth, prosperity and wealth in our community! Sorry to hear it cost so much money and time. Arizona has a proud history of copper mining, which is even apparent on the state flag. I look forward to all the benefits this mine will bring to southern Arizona.

    • Beth

      Jeff, the Jerk,
      Your response is typical of greedy, self centered, arrogant assholes like yourself, who don’t care about anyone or anything else except what people think of your new car or truck, male adult toys, and whatever else you can but to impress your buddies or some lame brain woman.
      I hope your children, and grandchildren, that is if you can figure out how to breed, one day tell you off for being an imbecile and not getting an education beyond high school out of laziness, and drunken partying, so you were only able to get a mining job that destroyed the air, water and the surrounding environment for them, and their children, and their children.

    • Robert

      Jeff the Jackass, you are definitely a greedy, blind and stupid idiot. The climate is already on the edge of environmental disaster and wildlife is seriously suffering. If I have to choose between fools like you and wildlife I will definely select the latter, which is clearly more intelligent.

    • Ronald Sims

      Beth has it right! This is exactly what I think of these wildlife haters (and may add likely TRUMP supporters).

    • robin

      oohhh jeff how sad that you think the life of the jaguar isn’t worth as much as a copper mine that will probably polute the water. shame on you

    • Stadler Ronson

      That’s satire, right? You’re mocking idiocy that will destroy planet life in favor of ticks on Wall Street and paper money, right? That’s funny, money over life, hilarious.

    • christa romppanen

      Many things in history are better not repeated. The damage done by the mining industry to our lands and waters can never justify the temporary jobs it brought. Its time we stop destroying our precious endangered wild places and animals. If we keep going as we are we will have nothing left to inspire and wonder at and our grandkids will be the losers. This destructive project should never move forward.

    • David Bellows

      Jeff, the best way to bring more prosperity to Southern Arizona is to invest in education. A more educated workforce commands better paying jobs. That in turn, increases taxes paid on the income earned to the State and locality. Copper is important to Arizona, but so is protecting our environment.

    • Evelyn Ball

      The jaguar and any other non human animal’s life is worth more than yours asshole. People like you are a blight on this planet and should be exterminated.

    • Mark Donner

      Jeff: Do you work for that criminal copper mafia? I value the future of life on Earth more than your greed. Go away and take your criminal buddies with you

    • madmaeb

      It’s rather obvious that you couldn’t find any other articles to make your point other than 2 originating from the same source. I wouldn’t allow this from my students, who have to provide articles from at least 5 different sources to make any reasonable contention. Your bias is showing.

      Protecting biodiversity should be high on the agenda of any reasonably aware human being. Wake up and ‘smell’ the radionucleides.

    • J.S.

      Read your link. Am assuming you are the David Briggs, geologist, who wrote the articles – which means you have a vested interest in mining (money), NOT in endangered species conservation. . . Therefore, you are neither an environmental professional nor unbiased enough to intelligently comment on this issue. Your “articles” are a shameful attempt to persuade people that allowing for-profit corporations to mine copper, then leave a miles-wide open hole of devastation (where nothing can grow or survive) when they move on – which they will – is good for everyone. What a bleak world you’re trying to perpetuate!

  2. sondra jones

    I think that these companies really need to stop and look at the damages they r doing to mother nature she is what makes this world go around she is what gives this world life the logging companies and mining companies ect. Are not looking at life as mother nature intended because of all the logging our ozone layer is failing us it can’t keep fresh air because of no trees and plants our deer and elk one of the food sources are fading the mining companies aren’t looking at the fact they take anymore of the fresh water and poison it they destroy our fish and it goes on to destroy the coral with no coral this world will end god and mother nature put these things here for man to use not to destroy for a quick buck without our wildlife there is nothing there is no life none of the companies realize they are the reason the wildlife is getting so aggressive and the weather is changing so drastically its only common sence when there was balance with man and animal and trees and plants things lived more in harmony now there is no balance there is chaos the destruction of our wildlife and our forests will be the destruction of our human race the more these companies do for the quick buck the more mother nature is going to destroy our human race to clean up what man has done so it can be washed of all the toxic poison that man has done so she can regrow and reestablish the pure and clean world that her and god intended for all human and animal alike I wish for my kids sake and humanity’s sake they would reconsider what they are doing before its to late for us all

  3. Billie Furgerson

    What is wrong with our government…they are now endangering the only known place that the Jaguar lives ! Our government will not be happy until all of natures beautiful animals are removed from their lands, from these Jaguar to Wild Horses , burros, and all other wild life & fish. How much of a pay off are you getting ?

  4. carol prosceno

    Stop. Dont disturb mother nature .do not cause poisonous water for this jaguar or any other life including us.

  5. Lance Young

    The mine is not worth the wildlife. Don’t displace or kill this beautiful jaguar in my backyard.

  6. Jack Herring

    Seems strange that one copper mine begins to shut down because the price of copper makes it not profitable and another company wants to open another mine, destroy the environment and walk away when it too will become unprofitable, leaving the mess and pollution for future generations. I’m sorry but I will side with the environment and wildlife every time.

  7. Diana Bendzel

    Money is more important than saving the only lone protected Jaguar in the U.S.
    Shame shame

  8. Lyda Hersloff

    I’m always on the side of saving life, not rape and destruction

  9. Anneliese North

    Dear US Fish and Wildlife Service,

    I am appalled. How can you allow a mining company to come into the Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains and ruin open space and wildlife habitat knowing this will kill animals, pollute the land and air and cause illness to people. It is irresponsible for this agency to allow such a thing. You are obviously not looking out for fish and wildlife at all! There is an endangered species there. Stay out. No amount of money is worth it. You should be fired. Come on. What is wrong with you? Do you have an ounce of a conscience? If you did you would not allow this. You should be doing what your agency is supposed to be doing which is takng care and the health and safety of fish and wildlife!

  10. Perry Gx

    1st & Foremost = “Clean Water + Clean Environment”! This Is Plain & Simple IRRESPONSIBLE!!!

  11. Bill Mowat

    When will you people realisethere is more worth in life than just money. The value is in the variety and numbers of species and their environment in which they live. Do you not have children and grandchildren who will inherit this earth, or are you so coldblooded and soulless that all you can see are $ signs. If that is the case you are condeming those who come after you to a concrete jungle with no soul. Wake up and see the beauty in what it is you are proposing to kill.
    It’s not a spot on a map but a place where living breathing creatures live and in this case a rare species.

  12. Bryan Kirshon

    Exqesse me baking powder did i read this correctly are you kidding me someone slacking off on the jaguar how could you it’s an endangered big cat hey usfws i urge you to second think Megan i will sign that petition.

  13. GABRIELA VARGAS

    EL CRECIMIENTO SOCIAL, ECONÓMICO E INDUSTRIAL ES LA PEOR INVASIÓN HACIA LOS DIFERENTES HÁBITAT Y LAS DISTINTAS ESPECIES. EL SER HUMANO ES VORAZ E INVASIVO Y ESTÁ SIENDO CAÓTICO Y DESTRUCTOR; CLARO, LOS ANIMALES SE MUEVEN DE LUGAR Y SE ESPARCEN POR ZONAS DE PELIGRO Y NO SOBREVIVEN, EMPIEZA A SER PARA LOS ANIMALES UN MUNDO SUCIO, CAÓTICO Y TERRIBLEMENTE CRUEL. LOS SERES HUMANOS CON SU INVASIVA CONDUCTA SON QUIENES YA NO CABEN Y ESTÁN DESTRUYENDO LA VIDA DEL PLANETA, ROMPEN EL EQUILIBRIO DE LA NATURALEZA Y ACABAN CON EL ECOSISTEMA. NO MÁS EPIDEMIAS HUMANAS, ES EL SER HUMANO UN CÁNCER QUE INVADE Y MATA TODO LO QUE TOCA. LA EXTINCIÓN DE LAS DIFERENTES ESPECIES SERÁ LO QUE LE TOCA VIVIR A LAS NUEVAS SOCIEDADES, ESTO ES TERRIBLEMENTE INJUSTO Y ERRÓNEO; PERO SI EL SER HUMANO SIGUE EQUIVOCÁNDOSE, SÓLO EL PODER DE LA NATURALEZA PODRÁ RECUPERAR SUS ZONAS Y SUS HÁBITAT MEDIANTE DIVERSAS TRAGEDIAS GEOGRÁFICAS. ESO ES LO QUE EL SER HUMANO QUIERE?????

  14. GABRIELA VARGAS

    LOS INTERESES ECONÓMICOS Y DIFERENTES ENTRE LAS PERSONAS, LA VERDAD NO IMPORTAN. CONSERVAR LA VIDA, NUESTRAS ESPECIES Y LOS DIFERENTES HÁBITAT AHORA SON DE VITAL IMPORTANCIA, CADA DÍA SOMOS MÁS EN EL MUNDO A FAVOR DE LA CONSERVACIÓN DE LA NATURALEZA Y LA UNIÓN HACE LA FUERZA. LOS OBJETIVOS POR CONSERVAR LA VIDA AHORA SON PRIORIDAD Y NADA NI NADIE PODRÁ CAMBIAR EL MUNDO DE ESTE NUEVO ENFOQUE HACIA LA EXISTENCIA DE TODO EL PLANETA.

  15. Mildred ISAACS

    The comments read are my sentiments. How can tearing up this earth and polluting our water and air as well as killing what surviving wild life remains be accepted by our regulating agency? Shame on all for bowing to greed!

  16. Paula

    Why is it we are allowing another foreign country to destroy our environment. Canada should keep it’s pipelines, tar sands and mines out of our country. Our government has to become more pro environment in prote ting our land and animals.

  17. Jeanne Pascal

    Its time to make decisions to protect our vanishing wildlife and environment. Soon we wont have any remaining wildlife, and our environment will be irreparably and seriously damaged so that recovery will be impossible. then we wont have any options for our children or the future. STOP intruding on wild areas and start taking conservation seriously.

  18. Gail Andrach

    Arizona do not let this happen set an example.. do not allow the rape of this land

  19. Gail Andrach

    Arizona do not let this happen set an example.. do not allow the rape of this land & the Jaguar habitat despicable !!! SHUT IT DOWN

  20. Dawn

    We should protect the area at all cost. We have invaded so many areas. Animals need there space too. If it was important 2 years ago, it’s important now. Are we going to keep going until we only see these beautiful animals in books as pictures only? I would like my grandson to be able to see the real animal. I grew up on a farm. I was lucky to see many things most people don’t. If more people had the opportunity to see and enjoy nature and all its creatures it’s a wonderful experience to be shared, but not in a book w a picture. What is wrong with our government !!!!!!

  21. Darlene Pietrzak

    This is public land, to be enjoyed by the public. How does a 9.5 mile hole in the ground benefit the public. Don’t we have enough disasters around. A peaceful, serene place is going to be dug up, blown up, water aquifers contaminated, land contaminated and wildlife devastated for a for profit company that is going to make billions from this hole in the ground and when they are done “The Public” will be left with another area that is just wasteland, uninhabitable, toxic and devoid of flora and fauna and the price to try and recover the land. Really, U.S. Fish and Wildlife thinks this is a deal and sees nothing wrong with it and how it might go against the Endangered Species Act. Where do we find these people who run these depts. Are they promised jobs with the companies they sell the public out to. Our public lands should not be prostituted to companies for their profit.

  22. Melinda Parke

    It amazes me that big business is allowed to destroy native species for greed and avarice. I hope it turns out that there is a Hell after death for these people because turning Arizona’s wild areas into a copper mine for the benefit of it’s investors with no concern for law or wild life is turning that area of Arizona into a Hell which shall remain and have disasterous effects for all time. But I understand that they need yet another car, house, swimming pool or vacation as their lives are so much more important than anyone elses. Not my child, your children or their own are as important to the quality of life as more money to buy yet more THINGS. Sorry, but the life of this animal is more important to my life than yours is.

  23. Clinton B.

    … this must be stopped. the solution is to bring in a mate for this beautiful Jaguar. then, make sure they, their young and all the other wildlife if protected in this area by stopping any such project that will disturb this valuable natural habitat. not only for this generation, we will be judged by future generations, and if we move in the wrong direction, we will deprive our children and their children, the things we take for granted. this pale blue dot (Carl Sagan, thank you) we inhabit, must be protected. we must fight this project. stand up, stand tall, do the right thing. with respect. Clinton B.

  24. Karen

    Just more proof that the Fish and Game are on the take. What can we do to stop this horror?????? Vote for Gary Johnson, maybe!!!

  25. Deborah Weinberger

    We have seen so much enviromental destruction in the past with this type of mine: the pollution of water with heavy metal, the resulting destruction of a beautiful area that people to enjoy, the environment that is home to many species that it is our duty to protect…..Is this the world we want to leave for future generations? This land belongs to all of us. It is not what the majority wants.

  26. Wala

    Human Greed leaves me revolted and speechless. Some day these sorry greedy human beings will realise there is more to life than money. Alas I hope it won’t come to late & by that I mean after they destroy the only planet we know that can sustain us.

  27. Deborah Weinberger

    You cannot take this harmful destruction back. Polluted water, loss of important habitat for wildlife, and beauty for people-what is wrong with a government agency that is supposed to manage this land? We know the harm this type of mining creates, so what is the reason for allowing this lease? The majority of our citizens are strongly against this. Who are you representing?

  28. Roxana Huggins

    Why are we allowing foreign mining companies destroy OUR public lands. We always get the short end of the stick when the very few idiots who run our federal services give the green light without thinking of future consequences and end cost to the taxpayer for cleanup. They will leave a hole in the ground, toxic waste, decimated landscape, huge tailings that they wont put back in that hole they create, and take our precious water, not to mention destroying habitat that the desert inhabitants need to survive. Foreign companies do not pay us enough to even make destructive projects like this worthwhile for the local area, paying pennies on the dollar for false promises of cleanup, etc., as we have seen time and time again with past companies. Its time for humans to wake up and start thinking smart to protect what little we have not destroyed yet of our only planet as we continue to consume precious resources that are left, not to mention our few survivors of the past kill em all attitudes. Havent we learned yet?

  29. Lisa Murzin

    US Fish and Wildlife Service, you are not doing your job by allowing this mine to move forward!!! This is not only irresponsible and reprehensible, but it will cause more poisoning of water supplies and infringement on the ecosystem and environment of endangered species!!! How much of a kickback are you getting by turning a blind eye???. How do you sleep at night knowing your actions will be responsible for the demise of an environment that will support our wildlife and our children’s children, for generations to come!!!??? This must be stopped at all costs!!!! Fuck mining!!!!! They’re poisoning our world!!!!

  30. Porter

    This is sick and sad needs to be stopped by gov
    They need to do the right thing Tje balance of our echo system is so important. They can find another way a solution to help the animals. Say No I would live to sign the petition.

  31. Audrey Samelson

    Extinction is forever!! Once it happens that animal is gone forever. Please stop the killing of our precious wildlife. They have as much right to live out their lives as the Creator intended as we do.
    Thank you for your kind attention
    Audrey

  32. Tina Labate

    Don’t wait too it is too late. Protect animals as they cannot protect themselves. Make a difference!

  33. Lynn

    US Fish and Wildlife Shame on You. Wildlife is in your care!! Do you have a plan to save these cats and their environment?

    I don’t understand what it is about some humans, that many of us think all of life on Earth, other than ourselves, is here to serve us. I don’t know much about copper, or what impact it would have it were depleted from the face of the planet, or if there is even any danger of that. There is however, a clear and present danger of removing this beautiful cat from the face of the planet.
    “Mining companies” in general need to figure out how to remove resources without raping the planet, and killing off all other life around their mines. Given all our brillance with technology that should be possible.
    It seems Big mines often do not even respect the frailty of the miners doing the work so the few at the top of their chains can make all that $ Jeff speaks of and thinks people in Arizona will reap the benefit of. More likely it is a case of the rich getting richer and the poor barely scraping by.
    Here is the thing. Earth will survive. If humans don’t wake up to the systems that sustain life on this planet, we may well make ourselves extinct.

  34. M. Hodgkin

    For those not swayed by the moral and ethical arguments in favor of resource conservation and protection, and focused solely on economics, please note that it always costs far more money to clean up the messes left by resource extraction than it does to protect and preserve these resources in the first place. All taxpayers eventually suffer the costs of cleaning up, but those who suffer most are the communities adjacent to the impact area most directly affected by degraded water and air quality, degraded soils and hydrology, and other permanent environmental degradation on the wasteland that remains. You bet resource extraction is an expensive business–for the US taxpayer and for those living in and around the impact area.

  35. Dan Hartwig

    This country needs an ALL new government, federal, and state officials. All they think about is lining each other pockets and their own. It seems that science went out the window and most of them don’t work for the people any more.

  36. Pat Copenhaver

    The Rosemont Copper Mine would not just displace El Jefe. It just might kill him outright. The water pollution from the mine would be enough to poison El Jefe and other wildlife, all by itself, not to mention what it would do to the drinking water of the people in Arizona. It’s not like they have a lot of water these days anyway, because of the drought.

  37. Paula Rock

    We need a whole new Congress in this country. Get rid of the house and Senate with people who care about the quality of life for both the people and animals that inhabit this earth. Without clean water and air, we are all doomed. The time is now for those who will be here after us.

  38. Marilyn Lindsey

    Community integrity can be measured by its treatment of its weakest. Ignorance wants to destroy valuable life.

  39. Gloria

    Decisions are being made by humans that are based completely on greed. They are unacceptable, self destructive and mean destruction of everything around humans. Too bad the animals don’t have a voice, Humans……God’s one mistake.

  40. sherry harry

    ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!!!! Let this and all creatures live their lives.

  41. cfagan

    In important to stop the Rosemont Mining project immediately. I have been concerned about this habit for jaguars for many years. These animals are threatened and dying because of loss and encroachment on their habitat. Jaguars in the American West are a National Treasure and needed to be preserved (not abused) for our children and grandchildren and for all those who come after us.
    This land needs to be dedicated as a National Wildlife Preserve not strip mined.
    I hope that water holes can be set up so this animal gets enough water in the desert climate in which it lives. Please save these animals.

  42. G, Miller

    They close one mine saying not enough money but we want to open another and to heck with wildlife or anything else we need the money. Later shut it down because not enough money for us. A lot of people in Fish and Wildlife are in it for the money and nothing else excuse me also job security.

  43. Ellen Gilbert

    Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, FUCK YOU!!!!! I’m sick of you guys. Your pathetic. Your letting others ruin OUR land and animals that are suppose to belong to us the people of THIS COUNTRY and for what??? OH I know…….How much are you getting paid to let them do this? We’re not stupid!

  44. Elizabeth clapp

    It is always bad choice to choose money over life. It is important to protect our
    earth and the creatures on it. The companies that are doing these kinds of things are contributing to the death of this planet. We do not survive without nature.

  45. Janice

    It’s no surprise what has been done to wildlife. When you look at what has been done to Native Americans, who have been here long before America was discovered, why expect anything in the name of power and money to be any different?

  46. Kristina Biancamano

    This is no great surprise, i don’t know what else people expected. Everybody should know by now that the only thing that is important to these type of people is MONEY and be damned to animals, nature and the caring people of the world, we do not matter as long as there is money in it for them.

  47. Philip Ratcliff

    Dan Ashe, FWS head, is another Obama appointee who regularly trashes the environment. Wins for the environment, wildlife, and human health are rare under the EPA, Dept. of Agriculture, FDA, Forest Service, Dept. of Interior, etc. These departments are headed by corporate types who will get a job with some extractive or polluting industry when they’re done screwing the environment.

  48. catherine nash

    humans aren’t the only creatures on this planet. Explain to ypur children how you don;t care about the animals on the Earth ,only making money see if they still respect you !

  49. Rosemary Everett

    The mine will cause more eco-damage than to the life of the jaguar.
    This gorgeous rare creature is a precious part of the AZ environment.
    Respect and protect him.

  50. C.Bartel

    It is always about the money right here and right now. I really feel for our future generations. God gave us a beautiful world to live in and all the bounties that go with it and we sure are trying to destroy this great place and the sad thing is that this one generation is sure giving it their best shot.

  51. Mikki McBRide

    it really worries me to see a comment that would escalate any mining in an area where there are animals that are so endangered they could become extinct. What is it about humans in this sub group that believe money is more important than life? I honestly don’t get it. Eventually, if they have their way, they will literally kill this planet and none of us will be able to survive on a dead planet. Leave the animals alone. They are worth so much more than money to this planet. They are our lifeline.

  52. Sandy V

    I don’t get it! After how many centuries of losing various wildlife because of the greed of corporations, once again there’s another animal at risk? I don’t get people like Jeff who applaud letting these animals get killed because it’s far more important to mine things. There are plenty of areas to mine and if a company can’t do it without harm, then they need to learn how. They’ve had more than enough time. Plus the money they have tells me they can afford to learn and do what’s right! Yes, people need jobs but not at the expense of our planet. Just in case Jeff is so out of touch that he doesn’t understand, the circle of life isn’t just a song. It’s what happens when everything works in harmony. Once you remove one of the parts of that circle, everything begins to fall apart.

  53. C Goslin

    I am tired of the greed and corruption of the people charged with protecting America’s wildlife. NO company domestic or foreign (Canada) should be allowed to cut timber, dig an open pit or otherwise trespass and/or scar AMERICA’s public lands. These entities belong to the American people and cannot be relinquished for money or desecration for profit. The controlling agency has no right to give any such permission for any type of development or profit to any American company or foreign country. (As for the above referenced information required for my reply. As you emailed this to me evidently you already have this information. Evidently, your agency is as STUPID as all the people who run every government agency. Being you are that stupid, do not EVER contact me by email or mail.

  54. Ex-Arizona

    Jeff, I guess you’re looking forward to a frightening increase in lung cancer rates as confirmed by studies of the health of copper mine workers, severe depletion of precious desert groundwater, and only twenty years’ worth of jobs provided by the mine, huh? Some Tucsonans would be more thrilled about creating a knowledge economy in the area and capitalizing on the town’s growing reputation as an arts and cuisine mecca. Well, whatever floats your boat! (Assuming that there’s any water left to float it with after the mine is completed…)

  55. Bernice

    Your copper mine alone deswtroys a lot of natural beauty and water, but to also include such an endangered animal….only one jaguar left. Bernice Pomeroy

  56. Theresa Lyons

    Canada doesn’t want US interlopers endangering their country. Why is the US Fish and Wildlife Service allowing a Canadian company to endanger the wildlife and ecology or the United States?

  57. Phyllis

    Help! I don’t understand why a Canadian company was granted the right to dig a gigantic mine-who benefits from it other then the mining company? It seems like will be bad not only for endangered species and other wildlife but for the whole environment! This is the same question I’m asking about the the cattle grazing on public lands in Washington State and the killing of the wolf pack that has returned to the area -who or what agency has allowed this to happen!

  58. Diane Grohn

    AliceSea is correct wildlife biodiversity keeps the environmental balance healthy.
    Kill the earth and wildlife, we kill humanity.
    Save the Jaguars, elephants, Pangolins, cheetahs, rhinoceros.

  59. Shannon Hogan

    Stop! Stop killing rare animals! Another hole in the ground is not a fair trade?

  60. BIG DOG

    THESE CATS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANY AMOUNT OF COPPER!
    PEOPLE AREN’T THE ONLY LIVING THINGS ON THIS EARTH!
    TAKE YOUR GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS AND SHOVE THEM UP YOUR ASS!
    THIS GOVERNMENT UNDER COON IN NIGGER IS TOTALLY INSANE!

  61. Deborah H. S. Santow Shenk

    Streams, Ponds, And Groundwater Polluted With Toxic Metals Threaten Everyone. Every Act Of Toxic Intent, Any Wildlife Hunted For Human Consumption, And Any Food Chain Domino Affect, All Spell Litigation, And Class Action Lawsuits. Is Arizona Known For “Copperheading” Venomous Strikes, For Profit. A Health Hazard Is A Health Hazard, No Matter How You Spin Your Rational.

    Deborah H. S. Santow Shenk.

  62. Patsy Child

    Stop digging up public land! And this isn’t even a US company – why is the USFWS allowing this? Aren’t they supposed to protect endangered animals? Stop this now.

  63. Clara Goedeke

    Tell the Canadian mining company to go mess up their own country; just leave ours alone. Shame on the Fish and Wildlife Services director and his cohorts, your supposed to care about this country’s resources not your pockets.

  64. Catherine

    If you’d like an example of the fine copper mining legacy in AZ, I suggest you take a look at the Lavender mine in Bisby. An immense toxin filled hole in the ground, leaching into groundwater and killing any Wildlife that happens upon it. Yep, brilliant.

    And not to worry, canadian mining companies are trashing Canada too. Just look at http://protectpeel.ca/ One of the last and most pristine watersheds in CA and the Yukon gov. wants to open Five mines there.

  65. Larry E.

    Save the cat, ditch the mine and send the corporate welfare recipients to wallow in the tar sands.

  66. laura

    I want to Reply to Ronald Sims and say that I am a conservative, I will vote for Donald Trump; and I am also a contributing member of The Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife, The Nature COnservance and NRDC!. I would like it very much if you would consider not painting everyone with the same brush when you don’t have a clue what you are talking about eluding to the generalization that conservatives aren’t capable of caring about nature and wildlife. That very kind of thinking is what divided us. if you don’t know what you are talking about, best to say nothing.

    • Carla Bond

      No, No, No, DUMP TRUMP !!
      His sons are murderers and killers of elephants, leopards and buffalos and he himself is a racist and has no respect for women.

  67. Crystal Miller

    There’s really not a whole lot more I can add to what’s already been said about protecting wildlife and environmental resources. However, I DO know that the almighty dollar really is the root of all evil, greed, and destruction, and the source for breeding blind ignorance and stupidity. Humans are the most destructive instruments to anything /anyone/ anywhere, and it is truly sad these “job producing/economy boosting” assholes are the ring leaders of their circus. Go to Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, or Syria and destroy their countries….there’s probably an “economic need for jobs” that will pay more money for you to bring your self centered ideals to them.

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