Right now, illegal logging in the Amazon is destroying jaguar habitat at a rapid rate. The species could be listed as endangered soon if nothing changes. https://secure3.convio.net/gpeace/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1617
petition: Save Jaguars from Habitat-Destroying Mining - Some of America's only wild jaguars are threatened by a proposal to expand mining operations near Arizona's Rosemont Mine. signatures on petition)
With one solitary jaguar back in the U., plenty of available jaguar habitat, and plans in the works to move jaguar conservation forward, could we soon see a real return of this long-absent native species?
The jaguar is a genuine big cat, because it growls and because it is big. Globally, it is third in size after the lion and tiger, but has the strongest bite of any cat. It employs its powerful jaws to crush the skulls of capybara, caiman and cows. This last detail is one of the reasons Pantanal farmers kill jaguars. Habitat loss, fires and some hunting are other issues, but Paul Donahue, a researcher who was staying with us gave us a half-hour, fact-packed lecture that suggested that the…