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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Belize has outstanding Jaguar habitat and has now signed on to Panthera's JAGUAR CORRIDOR INITIATIVE, a creative land use zoning plan that factors in the needs of all wildlife including the apex carnivore, the Jaguar.............The 18 Central and South American Countries that are part of the Jaguar Initiative stretch south to north from Argentina to Mexico.............Renowned Jaguar biologist Dr. Alan Rabinowitz has worked tireless to create this "Corridor Initiative" and we applaud him for his magnificent effort.................What we still have a hard time wrapping our hands around is Rabinowitz's refusal to include the USA in the Initiative now that USFW Service has come out for Protected Critical Habitat for the Jaguar in New Mexico and Arizona..........As late as the 19th Century, the Jaguar was still found across the southern tier of the what is now the USA............Thomas Jefferson mentions the Jaguar in Virginia in the mid 18th Century,,,,,,,,,,,,and the Big Cat was found West all the way up to San Francisco during the earliest Spanish colonization of this region.................Dr. Rabinowitz,,,,,,,,,,,,,the habitat still exists in the USA for the "JAG",,,,,,,,,,,,,put your muscle and influence" to work in your home Country as well as in the Southern Hemisphere now please!

Belize Sign On To Jaguar Corridor Initiative

Today, Belize signed on with 18 other countries to a memorandum of understanding which an official commitment from Government and its environmental partners to collaboratively implement science-based conservation initiatives that secure and connect jaguars and their habitats in Belize and beyond its borders, facilitate land development that is both ecologically sustainable and economically profitable, and mitigate human-jaguar conflict throughout the country.
Now, it's an initiative which the experts say started in Belize, and it has finally come full circle with this MOU.
World renown Jaguar Expert was the main speaker at the Signing, and he explained that from his observations in other countries, Belize has the healthiest relationship with the big cat:

Dr. Alan Rabinowitz - CEO, Panthera 

"Now there are 18 countries signing these MOUs to maintaining the jaguar corridor. It doesn't mean necessarily a bunch of new protected areas, it means land use zoning; thinking of land where wildlife now becomes a part of the thinking of agricultural development; new road building and all those kinds of things. It just means a better way of thinking and where all the local communities and local people are involve in that way of thinking because it's their land, its where they live, it's their resources. Everything got started here 30 years ago and not only am I thrill to see it have come full circle now to where Belize is now signing this MOU for the jaguar corridor, but I want you to realize that you are a piece of the jaguar corridor as small as it might seem. When you look at a map from Mexico through Argentina, it's actually a very special piece of the jaguar corridor."
"You have some of the wildest jungle I have seen remaining throughout jaguar range. You have some of the best jaguar populations throughout jaguar range. The only densities we have found equal to Belize have been a couple places in Brazil, a place in Bolivia, otherwise Belize have some of the densest jaguar populations in the world living with people, helping create a ecotourism industry and showing how jaguars and local communities can live together."
The University of Belize hosted the event.

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Mark LaRoux said...

Just to reinforce the jaguar biogeography point, the red wolf skeleton found in Fern cave (north Alabama) I referenced earlier this month was found near a collection of jaguar bones (albeit older). There's no denying both were in north Alabama within the last millenia.

Rick Meril said...

Mark,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,The jaguar Initiative has to start to include the USA!