Archive for March, 2009

12th 2009
…and then there were none: The jaguar is now extinct in the United States

Posted under endangered species

After decades of neglect, and refusal (by state and federal government, over many years) to create a species recovery plan as required by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. jaguar population had long ago fallen to nearly negligible levels. Now the last U.S. jaguar, “Macho B”, is dead. The story of his death is sad, but it’s the loss of the whole species that is tragic. Perhaps someday jaguars can be imported from Mexico (as wolves have been imported from Canada) to re-establish this magnificent species in the U.S.