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Four Species on the Brink

This report summarizes the most relevant and up-to-date information on four charismatic species affected by the fragmentation of habitat and disruption of movement corridors resulting from the existing and proposed border infrastructure and associated militarization. It focuses on the Arizona-Sonora border and covers a small portion of western New Mexico’s border with Chihuahua, but its framework and broad themes are relevant to any evaluation of impacts to wildlife across the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Mexican Wolf Comments to USFWS from Wildlands Network

Wildlands Network responds to the USFWS’s draft plan for Mexican wolf recovery: Our immediate concern is the draft plan falls far short of the mark needed for recovery of these critically endangered wolves, and that these shortcomings are driven by politics rather than the science of wolf recovery. If implemented, it would allow fewer than half the number of wolves in the wild that most of the previous recovery team scientists say are needed in the U.S. for recovery—with another small isolated population in Mexico—at which time the states would assume full management responsibility for Lobo survival. The prospect of premature downlisting and delisting, exacerbated by the relevant states’ record opposing wolf recovery discussed below, affords a recipe for extinction—not recovery— for one of the most critically endangered wild mammals in North America.

Highway 2 Roadkill Infographic

This infographic details how dangerous Mexico’s Highway 2 can be for animal and human travelers alike. Over 2,000 animals are killed every year in wildlife-vehicle collisions. Wildlands Network is actively monitoring Highway 2 and working with local groups to determine where wildlife crossings might be implemented along the highway to save precious lives.

Carretera 2 atropellamientos infografía

Esta infografía detalla lo peligrosa que puede ser la carretera 2 de México para los viajeros humanos y animales. Más de 2,000 animales mueren cada año en colisiones de vehículos de vida silvestre. Wildlands Network está monitoreando activamente la Carretera 2 y trabajando con grupos locales para determinar dónde se pueden implementar cruces de vida silvestre a lo largo de la carretera para salvar vidas valiosas.

Jaguar Draft Recovery Plan

The jaguar is listed as endangered throughout its range under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Historically, the jaguar inhabited 21 countries throughout the Americas, from the U.S. south into Argentina. Currently, jaguars are found in 19 countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, United States (U.S.), and Venezuela. The species is believed to be extirpated from El Salvador and Uruguay. The goal of this revised recovery plan is to recover and delist the jaguar, with downlisting from endangered to threatened status as an intermediate goal.