Posted: Jan 12, 2014 8:01 AM
Updated: Jan 12, 2014 8:01 AM
McALLEN, Texas (AP) The federal government has established a recovery plan for the jaguarondi. This comes nearly four decades since the small wildcat was listed as an endangered species and nearly three decades since one was confirmed in the U.S.
The plan for the Gulf Coast jaguarundi focuses on the need for more research and restoration of its preferred thorn scrub habitat.
The last confirmed sighting of a jaguarundi in Texas was 1986, when one was found dead on a road near Brownsville. They now roam in northeast Mexico.
Originally listed as endangered in 1976, the feline did not have a recovery plan of its own until the wildlife advocacy group WildEarth Guardians sued the federal government. If fully funded, the plan estimates the jaguarundi could be downlisted to threatened by 2040.