PHOENIX – On Monday, an environmental group petitioned the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to assist with reintroducing the Untamed Life Administration to help with once again introducing the puma toward the Southwest, where it meandered for countless years before being diminished to only one of the gigantic felines known to make due there.
Sombra, a male puma caught on a natural life camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains In 2016, has been sighted multiple times in southern Arizona, including in a 2017 video provided by the Center for Biological Diversity. Included in a 2017 video released by the Center for Biological Diversity. In addition, a few jaguars live across the border in the Mexican state of Sonora.
The center wants the federal government to assist in extending essential habitat for jaguars in isolated locations and to establish an experimental colony in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest, which borders Arizona.
“We should not be facing the actual threat that this lone jaguar in Arizona will be the last,” the Center for Biological Diversity’s senior conservation advocate, Michael J. Robinson, wrote to Martha Williams, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
“This could possibly be a beguiling opportunity for us to reestablish local animal groups that have been staying nearby for endless years and have the privilege to return,” Robinson figured at a gathering.
Jaguars roamed North America before hunting to extinction for their beautiful spotted pelts and to protect livestock.
According to Robinson, failure to act might imperil attempts to rescue Mexico’s dwindling jaguar population, which requires a hereditary assortment managed by mating with another gathering of enormous felines toward the north.
Jaguar numbers are also declining in several regions, from Mexico to South America. As a result, through a captive breeding and release program, they restored to their historic range in Argentina.
The center was one of the environmental organizations involved in successful efforts to restart the recovery of the grey wolf population, which declined to near extinction a half-century ago.
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Gray wolves, like jaguars, originally roamed most of the United States but almost eradicated by 1930s due to government-sponsored poisoning and trapping programs.
Since then, the leftover masses of the western Great Lakes area have increased to roughly 4,400 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. In addition, around 2,000 wolves live in six Northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest states.
The Mexican wolf, North America’s rarest subspecies of the grey wolf, categorized as endangered in 1970s. As a result, a U.S.-Mexico captive breeding program established with seven animals at the time.
In the latest annual survey of Mexican grey wolves released in March, at least 196 discovered in the wild in New Mexico and Arizona. Marking the sixth year that the wolf population has increased.
According to Robinson, efforts to protect the jaguar never gained traction in the grey wolf campaign.
The San Rafael Valley in southeastern Arizona, according to the letter is one of the few remaining recognized pathways for jaguars and ocelots between the two counties.