Coral Murphy Marcos reports Jaguars could be reintroduced in US south-west, study says:
Jaguars could be reintroduced in the south-western US, where hunting and habitat loss led to the big cats’ extinction, a new study says.
Scientists and other environmentalists make the case for bringing back the third-largest big cat, after tigers and lions, in Arizona and New Mexico in a paper published in the journal Conservation Science and Practice.
The authors believe restoring jaguars can be a net benefit to people, as well as the “cultural and natural heritage” of the states in question.
“We see reintroducing the jaguar to the mountains of central Arizona and New Mexico as essential to species conservation, ecosystem restoration and rewilding,” the paper states.