Endangered Species

Jaguar

Background

The jaguar is the 3rd largest cat in the world and largest cat in the western hemisphere. They are excellent swimmers. It was at one point found in United States (California, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Florida),it was hunted to extinction here in the late 1940s. Today the range of the jaguar extends from southwestern United States through Mexico,Central America and some parts of Brazil. They have a life span of 12-15 years. Since they are a top-level carnivore, it helps prevent overgrazing of vegetation by keeping its prey populations in balance. Jaguars are solitary animals and live and hunt alone, except during mating season.

Why they're endangered/ways to prevent it

The jaguar is endangered because it is hunted for its fur, and farmers kill the jaguar because it killed their cattle. The larger Mexican ranches have a 'tiger hunter' to kill them or at least drive them away.The International Species Information Service has listed 292 Jaguars worldwide, 95 being in the U.S.


Make a law againt killing them.

Fun Fact

They are normally found near water, and prefer swampland or tropical rainforest. They also survive in forests, grassland and scrub. they are often confused with leopards.
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Jaguar swimming underwater