Historically, the jaguar’s range extended from the southern U.S. to Uruguay in South America. The cat is now extinct from both Uruguay and El Salvador, and can no longer be found in the south-western U.S. It is estimated that there are about 10,000 left in the wild.
That being said, it is pretty difficult to get consistent population data for such a mobile mammal! However, the trend over the last century has been a drastic decline. Jaguar kills decreased after the 1970s, when anti-fur campaigns slowed the pelt trade. But today, jaguars continue to lose habitat to deforestation, and in a way, cattle ranching. Because cattle are such easy prey for jaguar, the cats become competitors with ranchers, who now consider them pests despite protective legislation.
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