"Last fall, remote cameras in a rugged expanse of desert grasslands in Southern Arizona captured arresting images of a jaguar slinking through the underbrush, its yellow eyes fixed on some distant sight. The photos add to the dozen or so documented sightings of the endangered cat on American soil in the last century."
"The monitoring project, conducted by the University of Arizona in conjunction with the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, is providing data that will inform decisions about a proposed critical habitat for the big cat: 838,000 acres in Southern Arizona and New Mexico, an area roughly the size of Rhode Island.
Many have hailed the proposal as a landmark victory for the jaguar, which has been on the Endangered Species List since 1997. But there are hurdles to clear, not the least of which is a plan for an open-pit copper mine that would be smack in the middle of the jaguar’s territory."
Leslie MacMillan reports for the New York Times' Green blog January 23, 2013.