Center for Biological Diversity

American Jaguars Need Your Help to Survive

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In May, the last known U.S. jaguar -- Macho B -- was unnecessarily, tragically killed by government agencies. This heartbreaking loss to the species, and to us, demands swift action to preserve habitat for Macho B’s majestic relatives.

If jaguars are to rebound, as wolves and grizzlies have, they need a federal recovery plan, reintroduction from Mexico into the United States, and protection for their essential living space.

The Center for Biological Diversity’s lawsuit to stop the killing of jaguars has entered a critical phase. Earlier this year, the Center won a court case requiring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a recovery plan and designate critical habitat for jaguars. But instead of complying with the law, the agency is delaying by appealing the ruling.

Jaguars don't have time to wait. Sign the petition urging the Service to comply with Endangered Species Act requirements to save and recover the American jaguar.

Dear Secretary Salazar,

Please act now to order the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to develop a recovery plan and designate critical habitat for the endangered jaguar.

In May, the last known American jaguar, Macho B, was unnecessary killed by Arizona's Game and Fish Department. This tragic loss to the species and to all of us demands swift action from you to protect and preserve jaguar habitat for the majestic big cat.

Jaguars are native to the southern United States but were deliberately exterminated -- much as wolves had been before them. But whereas wolves were promptly placed on the endangered species list more than three decades ago, the jaguar was ignored until 1997. Even then, the species was denied a recovery plan and critical habitat, both essential to its long-term survival.

Recovery plans are scientific roadmaps for bringing species back from the brink of extinction; critical habitats are the areas necessary for imperiled animals and plants to recover. Jaguars need both now.

The Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit conservation group, recently won a court case striking down the Bush administration's refusal to develop a recovery plan and designate critical habitat. Instead of moving forward with these necessary actions, however, your administration is appealing the ruling and affirming the Bush policy of refusing to recover this magnificent species.

I ask that you order the Fish and Wildlife Service to save and recover the jaguar through immediate compliance with the Endangered Species Act's well-founded requirements for development of recovery plans and designation of critical habitat.
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Number Date Name Location
31797 Tue Sep 11 14:20:35 EDT 2012 Seanathan Chow Hillsborough, CA , US
31796 Tue Sep 11 14:12:22 EDT 2012 Ronald Perez San Bernardino, CA , US
31795 Tue Sep 11 14:12:04 EDT 2012 Ronald Perez San Bernardino, CA , US
31794 Tue Sep 11 14:11:57 EDT 2012 Ronald Perez San Bernardino, CA , US
31793 Tue Sep 11 10:17:15 EDT 2012 Jannice Colon Lake Hopatcong, NJ , US
31792 Mon Sep 10 22:39:41 EDT 2012 Sara Wersinger Buda , TX , US
31791 Mon Sep 10 20:59:43 EDT 2012 Catharine McEachern St Paul, MN , US
31790 Mon Sep 10 19:48:19 EDT 2012 Kate?ina Fischerová Usti nad Labem , ot , CZ
31789 Mon Sep 10 13:31:17 EDT 2012 Libor Hubálek Letohrad, ot , CZ
31788 Mon Sep 10 09:35:45 EDT 2012 Chiara Testi lucca, ot , IT
31787 Mon Sep 10 09:35:24 EDT 2012 Chiara Testi lucca, ot , IT
31786 Mon Sep 10 08:29:59 EDT 2012 Andrea Martins Valencia, ot , ES
31785 Mon Sep 10 05:39:03 EDT 2012 Iva Chmela?ová Ceská Kamenice, ot , CZ
31784 Mon Sep 10 04:01:27 EDT 2012 Kristyna Stuchlikova Susice, ot , CZ
31783 Mon Sep 10 01:14:30 EDT 2012 Yanette Alzona Paranaque City, ot , PH
31782 Mon Sep 10 00:05:15 EDT 2012 Tina Chambers Rock Springs, WY , US
31781 Sun Sep 09 22:44:21 EDT 2012 Carmen Calleja Melbourne, ot , AU
31780 Sun Sep 09 20:40:16 EDT 2012 Corinne Karbhari Greenwith, South Australia, ot , AU
31779 Sun Sep 09 16:12:53 EDT 2012 Derrelle Gable Miami Springs, FL , US
31778 Sun Sep 09 12:14:07 EDT 2012 Jamie Greer West Orange , NJ , US
31777 Sun Sep 09 11:36:06 EDT 2012 Anonymous
31776 Sun Sep 09 11:33:59 EDT 2012 Agnes Whalen St Pete bch, FL , US
31775 Sun Sep 09 11:31:30 EDT 2012 Ben Cachola Union City, CA , US
31774 Sun Sep 09 10:17:55 EDT 2012 Ernette Schultz Columbus, OH , US
31773 Sun Sep 09 08:38:47 EDT 2012 Annamaria McDonald Parma, OH , US
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Jaguar photo (c) Robin Silver.