Last October I blogged about the reappearance of jaguars in southern Arizona and the possible effect of Bush’s border fence on the species recovery. While jaguars have been seen in Arizona, the closest breeding population is 125 miles south of the border and is being studied by the Northern Jaguar Project. The population is estimated to number between 80 and 120 individuals and illegal hunting has removed at least 25 adults and cubs in recent years. If jaguars are to return to the United States, this population is surely vital.
Kevin McHugh of the Project has kindly let me know that they have updated their website. So wander on over, take a look at the great photos, and feel free to donate to help their attempts to preserve these magnificent carnivores.
(Photo courtesy of the Northern Jaguar Project)
It would be shame to lose such a beautiful animal to something as ugly as a border fence. Viva El Tigre!
Following Bill's link, I discovered the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project, a project which is studying jaguars in southern Arizona and New Mexico.