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?
Posts Categorized: Jaguar
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?
We’re happy to share that this week a federal district court in Tucson put the brakes on the “Sunnyside” project, an exploratory drilling project near Patagonia which would have destructive impacts on threatened species like the jaguar, Mexican spotted owl and ocelot.
For jaguars to establish new populations in the U.S., the cats must be able to travel safely across the border from their range in Mexico, and through southern Arizona and New Mexico. Protecting these vital migratory corridors is essential to jaguar conservation.
Being a good mother isn’t always easy in the world of wildlife. With all the elements to overcome in the wild – finding enough food, fending off predators – it’s hard enough without a fragile new little baby to contend with.