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Petition: SAVE THE JAGUAR!

Author: eld guden
Target: Big Cat Lovers, US Government, Fish and Wildlife, Land Owners,
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Signatures: 17
Category: Environment & Wildlife
End date: 0000-00-00
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Description: Revered as deities amongst the Mayan and Aztec peoples, jaguars inspire through their grace and power. These agile hunters once roamed from South America through the southern and central United States, but lost habitat and were killed off as all large predators. After the jaguar was listed as endangered in the United States in 1997 in response to public outcry and petition campaigns. In early 2010, the Service announced it would grant the jaguar protected habitat in the United States as well as develop a recovery plan. It was proposed that the Government set aside more than 50 million acres of jaguar critical habitat in the Southwest. Free from government traps, snares and poisons; and without barriers between the U.S. and Mexico border to ensure that jaguars will always have access to the full extent of their range. Tragically, in March 2009, the Arizona Game and Fish Department euthanized the last then-known U.S. jaguar,Macho B after capturing and fitting him with a radio collar. An independent medical investigation, revealed that the jaguar’s death was at least in part due to agency mismanagement, and called on Fish and Wildlife Service law enforcement to do an independent investigation, which it did. The Arizona Game and Fish was sued to prevent the killing of any more jaguars, and in January 2010, the Interior Department’s inspector general released a report concluding that Macho B’s capture had been intentional and that Game and Fish had no permit to capture jaguars, either intentionally or incidentally. In April 2010, A notice of intent to sue the predator-control branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its use of traps, snares and poisons that risk injuring or killing both jaguars and ocelots in the Southwest; two months later, a notice over the Fish and Wildlife Service’s permit authorizing Arizona Game and Fish to “take” jaguars with traps and snares. In 2011, though, a brand-new, 200-pound male jaguar was spotted roaming the southern Arizona’s Sky Island mountain ranges. He has now been photographed more than 100 times by remote trail cameras in the Santa Rita mountains, less than 30 miles from Tucson including at some locations less than half a mile from the proposed Rosemont Mine, a massive open-pit copper mine that would destroy thousands of acres of the new jaguar’s home range. The new jaguar’s home range is protected as critical habitat, In March 2014 the Fish and Wildlife Service finalized the designation of 764,207 acres as critical for the survival and recovery of jaguars in the United States, including the Rosemont Mine site and key movement corridors in the Santa Ritas and near the border, but unfortunately omitting the rugged Gila headwaters in New Mexico and the pine-clad Mogollon Rim in Arizona. In May 2015, a letter was sent to the Service objecting to its proposed biological opinion that the Rosemont mine wouldn’t compromise jaguar recovery in the United States, after which the Service withdrew its opinion and began to redo the analysis. Through a Freedom of Information Act request, it was learned that the Service issued the opinion despite four different draft opinions from its own scientists asserting the exact opposite conclusion that the mine would be a disaster for the Rosemont jaguar and recovery of the species in general. Is this any way to treat a big cat which is attempting to re-establish itself? We have seen what happens when an ecosystem is disrupted by the miscalculations of humans. SAVE THE ROSEMOUNT JAGUAR!

 

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We signed: SAVE THE JAGUAR!
Mr Bassam Imam 2017-10-13 15:23:09 #17
Mrs Rosemarie Flint 2017-06-18 16:41:29 #16
Ms Nancy Erstad 2017-06-15 22:17:44 #15
Miss Ana Valencia 2017-06-06 08:34:29 #14
Ms Tracey Chamberlain 2017-06-05 07:41:37 #13
Mr Fereidoon Tary 2017-06-03 10:19:30 #12
Ms Susannah Gelbart 2017-06-03 09:52:47 #11
Mr Yasutaka Imai 2017-06-02 23:02:48 #10
Miss Ookami Tsuki 2017-06-02 02:56:15 #9
Mrs Tracy Kirouac 2017-06-01 18:34:39 #8
Mrs Cindy Wren 2017-05-31 14:36:02 #7
Ms Deborah Bortot 2017-05-26 15:15:40 #6
Mr Jonas Hofer 2017-04-27 16:06:02 #5
Mr Michael Menei 2017-02-15 21:44:12 #4
Mrs Marie-José CHOBERT 2016-11-14 08:15:26 #3
Ms Antoinette Gonzales 2016-05-10 17:13:28 #2
Ms Mahikari Light 2016-03-01 07:47:11 #1