TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — A trail camera video of America’s only known wild jaguar is attracting widespread media and focusing attention on the direct threat to the survival of this endangered predator by the proposed Rosemont Copper Mine.
The video clips taken by the Center for Biological Diversity and Conservation CATalyst show the jaguar prowling through mountain woodlands and desert streams that would be impacted by the proposed mile-wide, half-mile deep copper mine that will dump hundreds of millions of tons of potentially toxic mine waste on the Coronado National Forest.
Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. is seeking state and federal permits to construct the open-pit mine in the Santa Rita Mountains on the Coronado National Forest southeast of Tucson. The proposed mine would destroy more than 3,000 acres of national forest, obliterate miles of rare desert waterways that support a dozen threatened and endangered species including the jaguar and threatens the water supply for the fragile Las Cienegas National Conservation Area.
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is preparing a biological opinion on the mine’s impact on endangered species, including the jaguar. If FWS determines the mine project may adversely impact an endangered species, but not jeopardize its continued existence, the FWS may allow the “incidental take” of an endangered species that could result in the death of the jaguar known as El Jefe. [Read more…]