ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Federal wildlife officials are setting aside land in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat land for jaguars.
The protected area includes Hidalgo County in New Mexico’s Boot heel.
The last time there was a jaguar sighting in New Mexico was eight years ago and federal biologists are aware of only one male jaguar that frequents southern Arizona.
The hope is that setting aside land will contribute to the cat’s recovery across its entire range, which stretches into South America.
Jaguars were placed on the federal endangered species list in 1997.