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Jaguar male Rio Negro

By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44247571
Jaguar male Rio Negro By Charles J Sharp - Own work, from Sharp Photography, sharpphotography, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44247571
Panthera Onca (jaguar in Argentina rescue)

By Lea Maimone - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=100019
Panthera Onca (jaguar in Argentina rescue) By Lea Maimone - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=100019

JAGUAR

Jaguars used to live from the southwestern United States to Argentina, but they have lost much of their forest home to ranching, clearing to create farmland, and illegal logging.

 

In addition, farmers and ranchers view them as pests and will often shoot them to preemptively stop them from killing their cattle.

 

More recently, these big cats are facing a new threat: poaching for the illegal trade in wildlife. Hunters like to show off their trophies, and their teeth and claws are sought after in China and elsewhere as a show of wealth or as a talisman to protect against evil.

 

JAGUAR LINKS:

 

Fang trafficking to China is putting Bolivia’s jaguars in jeopardy

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/fang-trafficking-to-china-is-putting-bolivias-jaguars-in-jeopardy/

 

Latam Eco Review: Jail time for jaguar traffickers

https://news.mongabay.com/2018/11/latam-eco-review-jail-time-for-jaguar-traffickers/

 

On the Trail of Jaguar Poachers

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/12/on-the-trail-of-jaguar-poachers/

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