Archive for August, 2009

US Fish & Wildlife Service Open To Jaguar Captures

August 3, 2009

BUT WHERE’S THE JUSTIFICATION?

We asked the Director of the US Fish & Wildlife Service not to permit study-related capture of wild jaguars in the United States, given the recent tragic death of “Macho B,” uncertain capture-related risks, and the extreme rarity of the animals. Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle responded by saying that, while the agency currently has no permit applications to capture jaguars, it would nevertheless consider such. He did not provide our requested conservation justification for authorizing wild jaguar captures for research purposes.  Read: our letter and the FWS reply .

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