Jaguars once roamed vast swaths of the American Southwest and parts of Texas and Louisiana.
But, like nearly all big predators, they had a hard time surviving the onslaught of humanity. As settlement moved west, forests were cleared and wetlands were drained and jaguars lost some of their most important habitat. Still more were killed out of fear for livestock.
The last female jaguar in the United States was shot and killed in Arizona in 1963. For a long time, it was thought they might never return.
But jaguars are persistent survivors, especially if we give them a chance.
That’s why it was so …read more
Source: Huffington Post Green