Jaguar Critical Habitat Designation Causes Concern for Southwestern Ranchers

Colleen M. Svancara, Aaron M. Lien, Wendy T. Vanasco, Laura López-Hoffman, Scott A. Bonar, George B. Ruyle

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Abstract

On the Ground: The designation of jaguar critical habitat in April 2014 in southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico created concern for livestock ranchers in the region. We interviewed ranchers to understand their concerns with the jaguar critical habitat designation and their attitudes toward jaguars, wildlife conservation, and resource management in general. Ranchers we interviewed were concerned about direct impacts of designated critical habitat on ranching, as well as possible alternative agendas of critical habitat advocates and issues specific to the borderlands region. The ranchers were less concerned about the presence of jaguars but were more concerned about possible limiting effects of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), distrust of government entities, and litigious environmental groups. To maximize effectiveness, government agencies should work to foster trust in the ranching community, be cognizant of sensitive issues specific to the region that may challenge endangered species conservation goals, recognize the opportunity to work with ranchers for endangered species management, and provide outreach about implications of the ESA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages144-151
Number of pages8
Volume37
No4
Specialist publicationRangelands
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2015

Keywords

  • Endangered Species Act
  • attitudes
  • concerns
  • endangered species management
  • human dimensions
  • jaguar critical habitat
  • key informant interview
  • southwest
  • wildlife conservation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Ecology
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law

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