Target: Director Daniel M. Ashe of the Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Commend the department for designating habitat for jaguars
The jaguar is an endangered species whose numbers are dwindling in the United States. With only a handful of jaguars left in the wilds of Arizona and New Mexico, the Fish and Wildlife Service has designated habitats for these creatures in the hopes of raising their population numbers. Commend the department for their commitment to saving our wildlife.
1,194 square miles of land in Arizona and Southern New Mexico will be given to the endangered jaguars. These magnificent cats used to roam from Southern California to Louisiana, Kentucky and South Carolina, but only six, possibly seven jaguars have been detected in the United States since 1982. Mating pairs and females haven’t been sighted in fifty years, and the last female jaguar in the United States was killed by a hunter in 1963.
These cats still live in Mexico and further south, but jaguars haven’t been seen in the United States thanks to deforestation and the draining of wetlands to make way for livestock. The cats have moved further south, but conservationists are hopeful that making a designated habitat will allow the jaguars to repopulate. The designated habitat will prohibit federal agencies from destroying or “adversely modifying” the land, which mining operations in the area have been known to do.
The approval of this habitat is a success to conservationists who have been pushing the government for over a decade to pass legislation to protect the jaguars. While many understand that it will take years for the jaguar to repopulate in these lands, it provides hope for the species. Sign this petition to commend the Fish and Wildlife Service for finally providing the necessary habitat and protection for the jaguar.
Dear Daniel M. Ashe,
It has come to my attention that the Fish and Wildlife Service of the United States has designated 1,194 square miles of protected land for the jaguar. It deeply saddens me that the jaguar is a threatened species, with only seven males detected in the United States. These magnificent cats used to roam all throughout the southern part of the nation, but now are pushed towards Mexico because of human destruction of their habitat.
Therefore, I would like to commend your department for finally setting a protected place for these cats to roam. I am grateful that these lands will not be altered or destroyed in a way that will make it unsuitable for these cats. Please continue to make efforts to ensure that these cats make a come back.
[Your Name Here]
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