Jaguars, the largest cats in the Americas, are threatened by habitat loss, prey depletion, and hunting.
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-The WCS Jaguar Conservation program began in 1999 to support scientific research that helps us understand what jaguars need and to work with the people who live with jaguars to minimize conflicts
-WCS works with livestock owners of both large and small herds to communicate ways domestic animals can be managed to improve production and reduce losses to cats
-Our goal is to reduce the frequency of retaliatory hunting of jaguars by livestock owners
-Beginning in 1990, with financial support from USAID, WCS joined with the governments and conservationists of Central America to establish an initiative known as the Paseo Pantera or Path of the Panther
-Between 2007 and 2009, with support from the U.S. State Department and the Panthera Foundation, WCS developed multiple projects in multiple countries to begin realizing this vision, by identifying jaguar dispersal routes, evaluating protected areas, working with ranchers and indigenous communities, and educating the public
- Since then, WCS has focused on ensuring and improving the status of the protected areas needed to ensure the jaguar’s survival, and helping our friends in jaguar range co-exist successfully with this iconic symbol of tropical America