Earlier this year, researchers reported that they had found jaguars in Central Mexico for the first time in decades. This is certainly a hopeful sign for the recovery of this species; however, one should be cautious about interpreting too much from the finding. To photograph jaguars in Central Mexico and prove that the species exists there, scientists had to spend years going to a huge amount of effort until they found the elusive cats. This suggests it is possible that jaguars were present in small numbers in this region all along, but are simply incredibly difficult to find; thus, their numbers may not actually be increasing. What the finding does show, however, is that jaguars have clung to survival in at least one area where it was previously thought that human activities had driven them extinct. This surely is a hopeful sign for the survival of this big cat.
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