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Millions of acres sought to help save jaguars

October 23, 2012 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An environmental advocacy group has proposed that federal officials set aside millions of acres in Arizona and New Mexico to aid efforts to save endangered jaguars.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that the endangered cats need more than the 1,300 square miles the agency proposed in August.

For the jaguar to be saved, the animal also needs a reintroduction program that includes the two states and is similar to one for Mexican gray wolves, he said. However, the reintroduction program was not part of the group’s proposal to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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