Jaguars are considered endangeredanimals worldwide. According to an estimate, 5,680 jaguars are left in the wild from South America to southern Arizona and New Mexico. They are categorized as endangered animals under the Endangered Species Act, enacted in 1973. Moreover, the red list of International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has categorized them as Near Threatened.

Rapid growth of human population has acquired much of their habitat, which has made them homeless. Evenagricultural expansion has added to their difficulties. In addition to it, poaching and hunting by livestock ranchers has endangered their existence. They are widely hunted for sport and their spotted hide, which is in great demand and fetches a high price in the black market.


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