Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Increase federal protection and conservations efforts for the Jaguarundi wild cat.
The Jaguarundi is a little known wild cat that resides in the Southern United States, and in Central and South America. About the size of a house cat, these magnificent creatures are nocturnal and highly elusive. They have been spotted in Texas, Mississippi, and Florida but are now almost extinct in the United States because of inadequate conservation efforts. Habitat destruction is the primary killer of these cats, and we need to ensure that this species does not disappear from our world because they lack adequate resources to survive.
Conservation groups are faced with hundreds of choices when it comes to spending resources and protecting wildlife. They often opt to focus publicity on several featured animals, such as the tiger, polar bear, and panda, which most people find cute and likeable, rather than more elusive animals. However, every species contributes something to its ecosystem and the Jaguarundi is no exception. This animal fills an ecological niche similar to that of an otter – they fish, hunt small game, and eat rodents. With rampant rat infestations in Florida and the Southern United States, the Jaguarundi is a valuable resource to combat unwanted rodents.
The U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife currently has no conservation plan for this wonderful feline and inadequate publicity is leading to rapidly decreasing numbers of the cat. Some ecologists think the cat is on the very verge of extinction in the United States. Help reduce rodent populations and protect a native species. Please ask the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife to increase protection for the Jaguarundi.
Dear the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife,
The Jaguarundi, a small cat native to Central and South America, and the Southern United States is on the verge of extinction. Understandably, your organization has to manage hundreds of endangered species in the United States and try to create sustainable habitat solutions for these creatures. While your efforts are commendable in the conservation of dozens of species throughout America, the Jaguarundi is nearly extinct and currently has no conservation plan in the United States.
The primary killer of these wonderful cats is habitat destruction. The Jaguarundi live in the savannah and forested regions of the Southern United States, particularly around the Gulf of Mexico. In order to ensure that this cat has adequate resources to survive, we need to ensure federal protection of these areas. While every species serves an ecological niche, the Jaguarundi is particularly important because they feed on rodents. Rat populations are currently rampant in Florida and this cat’s survival could help to reduce the numbers of unwanted rats.
Help prevent the extinction of the Jaguarundi. Please increase conservation efforts and habitat protection for this magnificent creature.
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Photo Credit: Keven Law via Wikimedia Commons