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Updated Nov 5, 2012 - 12:48 pm

Wildlife agency wants to pull jaguar proposal

PHOENIX — The Arizona Game and Fish Department has asked that a proposal
aimed at designating land in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the
jaguar be withdrawn.

The agency recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the rare
jaguar’s primary habitat is in Central and South America and that land in
Arizona and New Mexico make up less than 1 percent of the species’ historic
range.

Officials with the agency said both states aren’t essential to the conservation
of jaguars, although male jaguars from Mexico have been spotted in southern
Arizona
.

In August, federal wildlife officials proposed designating more than 1,300
square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar.

The rare cat was placed on the federal endangered species list in 1997.

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