The Southern Arizona Cattleman’s Protective Association (SACPA) has rebuked the science behind a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to declare Arizona and New Mexico critical habitat for jaguars. SACPA submitted a letter to the federal agency calling for them to reverse their decision naming the areas critical habitat. The letter said a large part of the decision was based on research that hadn’t been thoroughly vetted. One of the organizations responsible for conducting the research was the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity (CBD).

We interviewed SACPA President Cindy Coping, who says CBD's opposition to cattle grazing led them to include too much area as critical jaguar habitiat. Michael Robinson, a jagaur advocate for the center, disagrees.

Read the SACPA's public comments on jaguar habitat:

Jag-cattle-comments: View at Google Docs | Download File

Read the CBD's public comments on jaguar: habitat:

Jaguar-public-comments: View at Google Docs | Download File