Target: Joy E. Nicholopoulos, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Acting Regional Director
Goal: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for developing a recovery plan for the Gulf Coast jaguarundi wild cat
The jaguarundi is a wild cat that has been listed as an endangered species since 1976. Due to a continuous loss of its habitat in the United States, the species has been facing an increasing chance of extinction. For nearly 40 years the rare jaguarundi was nearly forgotten by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service as no further action was taken to save this precious animal. However, with the ceaseless efforts from activists and a ForceChange petition, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has recently developed a recovery plan for the Gulf Coast jaguarundi to ensure its survival.
The Gulf Coast jaguarundi is a subspecies of jaguarundi known to inhabit Mexico and parts of the southern United States. Its close location to the U.S.-Mexico border makes the jaguarundi’s habitat vulnerable. The area is often subject to urban and agricultural development and is at high risk for crime and illegal trafficking. All of these factors have led to the decline of the jaguarundi’s habitat, making it impossible for the species to thrive.
Thankfully due to the efforts of activists, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to develop a recovery plan for the species. The plan focuses on researching successful habitats for the jaguarundi, as well as restoring and protecting these habitats that could sustain the wild cat. It estimates that if the plan is followed, the species can be recovered and taken off of the endangered species list by 2050. By signing below you will be thanking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its great efforts in preventing the extinction of the Gulf Coast jaguarundi.
Dear Director Nicholopoulos,
The Gulf Coast jaguarundi is an endangered species with an extremely threatened habitat that needs protection for its survival. Thanks to your efforts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we now see hope for the future of the jaguarundi. With your new recovery plan for the species, we hope to see an increase of the population within the southern area of the United States.
Thank you for the actions you have taken to help this rare species. Without the continued help of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Gulf Coast jaguarundi and its habitat would not survive.
[Your Name Here]
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