US, Mexico wildlife officials draft recovery plan for jaguar


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A team of wildlife officials in the United States and Mexico has drafted a recovery plan for the endangered jaguar.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the plan Monday. While the elusive cat is found in 19 countries stretching from the American Southwest to South America, the agency says the plan focuses on efforts in northern Mexico and the U.S.

Earlier this month, video captured in a southern Arizona mountain range shows what is believed to be the second wild jaguar spotted in the U.S. in recent years.

As part of the species’ proposed recovery plan, scientists haven’t prescribed jaguar reintroductions in the U.S. They’re focused on efforts to sustain habitat, eliminate poaching and improve social acceptance of the animal to accommodate jaguars that disperse north of the border. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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