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Jaguars: These spotted cats could be reintroduced into the U.S.

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 at 6:36 am in Endangered species, Jaguar.

Macho B, last known jaguar in U.S., died in early March. Photo by Arizona DFG.

Dear Gary:
In a lifesaving break for jaguars, the Center for Biological Diversity just this morning won our court case to throw out the federal government’s decision to deny critical habitat and a recovery plan for jaguars in the United States.

Jaguar photo by Karen and John Hollingsworth of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

That means we have a new chance to save jaguars with the two crucial tools we need for the fight against their extinction in this country. It means that by next year the federal government has to issue a new decision on jaguar protection — one that respects the science and the species’ survival needs.

And it could very well mean the reintroduction of jaguars to the United States — just as the Center’s very first lawsuit, way back in 1989, forced the Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the Mexican wolf. One day jaguars like Macho B, who died unnecessarily less than a month ago due to mismanagement, may live free and thrive again in the American Southwest.

With thanks for all you do to support our work for jaguars and other endangered species,
Kierán Suckling, Executive Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Dear Kierán:
Thanks for the good news! This is one case where seeing spots in front of your eyes is actually a good thing. /Gary

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  1. Cheryl Reynolds Says:

    Gary, What great news. I hope you don’t mind I scooped your story and expanded on it on my blog. I thought it was good news after the story I wrote the day before about Kenya’s Lions being poisoned.

  2. Gary Bogue Says:

    I don’t mind at all! Good news is ALWAYS good, no matter where you find it. Anyone else who is interested can read lots more in Cheryl’s beautiful blog at

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