Group Sues to Protect Endangered American Jaguar

The American jaguar is so rare, no sightings of females have been confirmed in the U.S. since 1963. A few males have been spotted in recent years, though, leading scientists to believe that at least a small breeding population exists. (A somewhat healthier population still lives across the border in Mexico.)

The jaguar was added to the Endangered Species List in 1997 after nearly 25 years of delays and lawsuits. Now, a new lawsuit from the Center for Biological Diversity is calling on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to "develop a recovery plan and designate critical habitat for endangered jaguars in the United States." The CBD is particularly critical of Arizona's Jaguar Conservation Team, which it says "has not protected a single acre of habitat for this highly endangered animal."

The CBD is not alone in its Jaguar conservation efforts. Defenders of Wildlife has long fought to preserve the species, its habitat, and its migratory routes.

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