A wild cat, by size the third largest feline in the world and the largest in Western Hemisphere, theoretically could range across 20 million acres in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a new study spurred by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 2019 study of critical habitat for jaguars.
"That's not everything, that's just the best of it," Bryan Bird, director of Defender of Wildlife's Southwest program, said Wednesday during a phone call from his Santa Fe, New Mexico, office. "We decided to clip it off and really look at what was the very best jaguar habitat from all the variables we threw in the model. It could have been a lot bigger."