Skip to comments.Feds propose 1,200 sq. miles for jaguar habitat in S. AZz (and more in NM)
Posted on 08/19/2012 2:42:25 PM PDT by CedarDave
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing that 838,000 acres near the U.S.-Mexico border be designated as critical habitat for jaguars. While a small section of the proposed zone is in New Mexico, most of the land is in Southern Arizona, including the area of the proposed Rosemont Mine.
The move was hailed by the environmental group that has long worked for jaguar protection.
"Jaguars once roamed across the United States, from California to Louisiana, but have been virtually extinct here since the 1950s," said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity, which sued to push a recovery plan for jaguars.
The agency is set to publish its findings in the Federal Register on Monday, said spokesman Jeff Humphrey, which will trigger a 60-day public comment period.
The proposed critical habitatoutlined in a 126-page documentwill help protect the jaguar, which was declared an endangered species in 1997, from extinction, Humphrey said.
While there have only been "a handful of jaguars seen (in Southern Arizona) in 50 years ... they are elusive cats," Humphrey said. There have been three confirmed jaguar sightings in the last five years, he said.
Jaguar habit extends through Mexico into Central and South America.
(Excerpt) Read more at tucsonsentinel.com ...
Included in the proposal:
343,033 acres in the Santa Rita, Patagonia and Huachuca mountains and the Canelo Hills
143,578 acres in the Tumacacori, Atascosa and Pajarito mountains
138,975 acres in the Baboquivari Mountains
105,498 acres in the Whetstone Mountains, including connections to the Santa Rita and Huachuca Mountains
99,559 acres in the Peloncillo Mountains, Ariz. and N.M.
7,590 acres in the San Luis Mountains, N.M.
Below is a link to the Federal Register notice:
The practical effect of the designation will be to lock up federal lands not already locked up as a result of wilderness designation, national park/monument or other critical habitats.
On the bright side, hungry Jaguars may discourage illegal alien invaders.
Too much Central Socialist Government! Too many bureaucrats with nothing to do. Where’s Congress on this stupidity?
Jaguars would be able to follow their natural food source as Mexicans cross into AZ.
I wonder, does getting a name like that constitute grounds to sue one's parents for damages?
The jack rabbits will be glad to hear about this.
Another leftist payback to red conservative states.
Clinton did this just before he left and tied up a ton of federal lands.
Leftist hate knows no bounds.
Just another Leftist land grab. They’re baggin’ every acre they can before they get thrown out.
Curious why the claim that we can’t undo what has been done?
Yep, nothing but black panthers now.
The Open Borders crowd will be screaming!
Hungry Jaguars often have that effect.
Living in the proposed area since 1993, there has been NO jaguar impact on either illegals or drug smugglers. This is just another try to ‘lock up’ productive land and enable the feds to further restrict former rights enjoyed by landowners. Any such critter found around here will experience SS&S.
Suckling is always trying to get at the government teat. His group is fighting ranchers over wolf reintroduction and wants endangered species designation for other critters.
However, Jaguars likely will have a rough go of it in the US, with or without designation of a critical habitat — other predators are already living in the area (mountain lions, bobcats, bears, etc.) and they will have to compete for food (unless someone is stupid enough to let their little chihuahua out of their camper to relieve itself). And some poachers might think they’d make a great trophy.
In some ways, this would be far more effective than a stationary chain-link fence.
All kidding aside, the Federal and State governments already control far too much of our land without doing anything productive with it.
I wonder if it has anything to do with this:
Will Tombstone be included in that jaguar habitat???
However closing off that copper mine is a little worry some. My guess is that is the real reason for the “Jaguar Sanctuary”
Enjoying their perks. They are immune from the laws and regs imposed on the corrupt proletariat.
“... said Kierán Suckling, executive director of the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity”
Affirmative action for jaguars?
Sounds like another federal land grab to me.
This is the excuse they found to stop the Rosemont mine, IMO. If they say no, show pictures of pretty big cats.
Kierán Suckling is a POS who’s sole purpose in life is to file lawsuits. He used to live near me. That being said, a number of years ago the wildlife biologists literally studied a jaguar to death. Granted it was an older cat, but they tranquilized it one too many times.
This is nothing more than Agenda 21 and trying to implement Dave Foreman’s wildlife corridor/island dream. Humans do not play a part in said dream as we are to be kept out unless you are ‘special’, that is, a libtard wildlife biologist.
That would definitely be a plus. But I was wondering whether Jaguars and our native Cougars coexist well? For instance, in Africa the Lions have decimated the Cheetah population down to danger levels. With the Left’s record of screwing things up, I would view this plan with considerable skepticism....unless it’s GUARANTEED to hold down the wetback population.
This kind of crap is going on all over the country.
Some one must some day ask why?
I think I read something in the 126 page document that this area will not require additional protection as it already is a wilderness area. Someone with more time maybe can find the reference.
What good would it do? Northern Mexico doesn’t protect these animals and any land set aside in the US will become “Hllrgal Habitat”. Make the Enviro Nazis clean up after the illegl invaders.
let us spend 100 trillion dollars to find the DNA for a Dodo bird and clone it!
We are idiots.
What and where is the Rosemont mine.
Exactly. Reported that there have only been three confirmed jaguar sightings in the last five years. Apparently their thinking is to declare 1,200 square miles as habitat because they are so rare and there might be some more out there to be found.
From this, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife projects a range of 1,200 sq. miles?
My guess is that, were it not for a Rosemont Mine, this proposal would never have seen the light of day.
Shutting down the mine -- and a future economic activity in this area -- is, of course, the objective. The current administration will approve the action. It will be up to the next administration to remove the absurdity.
Not a bad idea.
Apparently they were mighty good eatin'...
Could you imagine the press, if this were the Fish and Wildlife Commission under G.W. making such a proposal?
RACIST - RACIST - RACIST would be what you would be hearing.
That’s a good point you make about what’s the effect of artificially introducing or increasing a species population in a specified area.
Of course, I was just being flip about the Jaguars and their potential role in deterring illegal immigration. This proposal has another purpose entirely and smells of a liberal/corrupt business land grab as others have alluded.
I do think most people who come here illegally just want a better life; but we, as a sovereign nation, have the right to control who comes in and who stays out. This is one of the most important functions of the Federal Government and it does this job very poorly. Instead the Federal Goverment, and to a lesser extent many of the State governments, do corrupt stuff like land grabs using Imminent Domain or by declaring them parks or endangered habitats. These officials must be reminded that there are consequences at the ballot box and must be forced to do the right thing.
I agree Dave, although I do think it’s pretty cool that we actually have el tigre in the state.
Do not tell Obammy, he will be for it!
Eminent Domain....ibtsn...in before the spelling nazis....:-)
Agenda 21 playing out. Pure and simple.
WOW. You know, T-REX once roamed far and wide across this land. Perhaps we should use recombinant DNA and clone a few and let them go. If they eat folks oh well, At least we saved T-REX.
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In San Diego County, it was some teeny-tiny mouse or something that lived in the desert .. and the environmental whackos had a fit because some people wanted to build apt units out there - and start a small community with hotels, shops, etc.
The ubber-liberal judges in this county kept stuff from being built.
It’s actually all about this “Sustaining” movement. How the Communists, Marxists and Socialists are going to move people back to the cities; all the people who moved out to the suberbs.
Old ladies with liver spots ?
Help me, here. Jaguars/black panthers are indigenous to the US of A and other NA countries. Am I correct?
If so, why is this “news?” Indigenous animals have more rights to the “borderlands” than anyone/thing else. So where do I have to go to help the kittehs regain their habitat?
Illegals have really Effed Up the wildlife. Calling an illegal runner of more illegals will never EVER be a coyote.
Wish I could be a “fly on the wall” of the border...with the latest technology...
The state of Arizona needs a counter proposal that the feds give back all state lands they have taken, excepting military and Indian reservations.
The federal government currently controls 42% of land in the state. That is too damned much, and the federals do not have the constitutional authority for such takings.
Not content to taking huge tracts of land, about 20-30 years ago, the federals decided to cherry pick and take the best spots for tourists to visit as well. Previously free, the feds put up gates and required pay parking, and charge entrance fees.
Well...my gaydar just pegged to the max!!!!