Arizona

Jaguar – Panthera onca

  • Status – Near threatened, critically endangered in USA
  • Estimated numbers – 15,000
  • Population trend – Decreasing
  • Location – Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; United States; Venezuela, Bolivia
  • Why are they under threat – Fragmentation of forest habitat isolates jaguar populations so that they are more vulnerable to human persecution. People compete with jaguars for prey and jaguars are frequently shot on sight, despite protective legislation. An estimated 27% of jaguar range has a depleted wild prey base. Jaguars are also known to kill cattle, and are killed by ranchers as pest species. Commercial hunting and trapping of jaguars for their pelts has declined drastically since the mid-1970’s, however there is still demand for jaguar paws, teeth and other products.

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

photo credit – @emilwalker

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