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Rewilding of the Jaguar in the United States — 9 Comments

  1. We share the Sonora Desert with Mexico and I believe they most certainly came from Mexico. The question in my mind is why? Some say water, but there is water all over the place. I think it may be a sign that our fast desert is plentiful right now and we have room for a FEW jaguars that did once haunt Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. They are on the right track, they just need to keep the balance. We have our beautiful Mexican Red Wolf packs in Northern Arizona and New Mexico. They know no borders. The Navajo nations (there are 30 of them) and Hopi Nation allow them to free reign of their areas. I hope we can do the same for the big cats of the Sonora Desert.

    On the population and urban growth they have to deal with. We have two major urban centers. Phoenix — which is two square miles larger than the city of Los Angeles (with out suburbs). However, a huge part of that land is wilderness. They were offered a killer deal and so they bought it. We are the 6th largest metropolitan area in the US. Tucson is much, much smaller. It’s like a really big small town. Everybody says so. I love going there. There are hicks everywhere! I am a hick (from a small town), so I fit right in. The climate and terrain are different. More rain and much cooler. Perfect climate for big cats.

    • Thanks Dan for that on the ground report. It sounds good. I am a skeptic and maybe incorrect in my assessment. Let’s hope it works out.

  2. Believe it or not Michael, a good 90 percent of the USA is rural undeveloped open space. I think you can read about it by searching the census bureau. It would be interesting to see a map of undeveloped land vs. developed. I’ll leave that in your good hands! But I think there is room for a preserve. Especially in Arizona. I wonder if the Jaquar would want to live there? It has an interesting combination of desert, high country, forests and canyon lands. This could be a very good thing.


    • That sounds great dw and thank you for the information. However, I still have reservations because jaguars need a pile of land to live in and they don’t understand the idea of boundaries etc. I have this gut feeling that the jaguar is better off not being in the USA. That is not to criticize America. America is a great place to live in for many reasons, for people. I would say the same thing about any country in Europe including the UK. Things move on. The world develops. And the jaguar does not have a place in a modern world. That is probably why it is “Near Threatened” (IUCN Red List classification) in the world and has retreated to jungles in South America (its stronghold is the rainforest of the Amazon basin).

      And if the USA was a naturally attractive place for the jaguar it would still be there. It will take a mind set change for the American people and the jaguar to live in harmony. I am sorry if that sounds negative and cynical. I just think it is realistic and honest.

    • Your comment got me thinking. I am not sure of the accuracy of this but there is about 3.6 million square miles of land in the USA. Alaska is the last true wilderness in the USA. Almost all is wilderness. Alaska occupies 591,000 square miles. Apparently something between 27 percent of the other 49 states are wildlands. Another person says that the percentage of North America that is wilderness: 38% (that includes Alaska and Canada).

      Almost all the wildlands are in the mid-west. Population growth is at 1.3% a year. Estimated population 2050: 439 million. Some European populations are declining. The jaguar will one day be in zoos like all the other wild cats. It may take 100 years. Sorry to be pessimistic but the trend points to it. Of course things might change.

      • Somehow, I knew you would do the homework. All that said, I can’t blame them for trying. It might work for a while.

        But that is just me, the eternal optimist.


    • Thanks for that information, Dan. Very useful. I wonder if the jaguars wander in from Mexico? Or is too fanciful an idea? I just don’t see jaguars fitting in with the American way of life. This is one of the big cats and do Americans want a big cat wandering around the countryside in America, completely wild? How can this be managed?

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