Feds face legal action over jaguar protections

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the federal government claiming they’re failing to protect endangered jaguars.

The Animal Welfare Institute and Wild Earth Guardians say the USDA’a wildlife services uses traps and snares as part of their work with other animals.

The groups say that could affect the jaguar and its prey.

In March, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service set aside nearly 1,200 square miles along the U.S.-Mexico border for jaguar habitat.

Jaguars have been on the federal endangered species list for nearly two decades, and were last spotted in New Mexico about eight years ago.

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