Will Salazar move to develop a recovery plan and set aside critical habitat for the elusive critically endangered jaguar?
This Friday a ruling is expected.
Friday January 15 is Jaguar decision day.
Hopefully the court will rule that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is bound to protect this endangered species.
This is a landmark to determine if Obama administration will take the extra steps need to protect animals whose ranges stretches on both sides of the US border.
New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas were the US habitat for this South American cat. Long thought extinct until two were spotted in 1996.
Last year a snare captured a jaguar southwest of Tucson, Arizona The cat nicknamed Macho B soon died. He had roamed from Mexico to Arizona for years.
On March 31, 2009, the federal court for the District of Arizona ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) must review their decision to not formulate a recovery plan or designate critical habitat for the jaguar.
“The jaguar is an iconic species of our Southwest. There are so few jaguars left in this country. The Southwestern States in the United States is the jaguar’s home. Now it is time for the Fish and Wildlife Service to initiate recovery planning and provide the jaguar with the full Endangered Species Act protections.
“Keep your paws crossed for the best Jaguar outcome possible.” -Mother Nature
Excerpts courtesy of http://www.latimes.com/news/sns-ap-us-jaguar-recovery
Image courtesy of http://upload.wikimedia.org/Standing_jaguar.jpg