Felid Conservation

Status and Conservation of Endangered Cats Along the

U.S.-Mexico Border

Melissa Grigione

Deptartment of Environmental Science and Policy, College of Arts & Sciences, University of South Florida, 4202 East

Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida 33620; mmgrigione@iname.com

Arturo Caso

Proyectos Sobre los Felinos Neotropicales de Mexico, Bosques 144-B, Lomas del Chairel, C.P. 89360 Tampico, Tam.

Mexico; acaso2@terra.com.mx

Rurik List

Institute de Ecologia, UNAM. 3 er Circuito Exterior Ciudad Universitaria, Anexo al Jardin Botanico, Coyoacan, 04510

Mexico; rurik@toluca.podernet.com.mx

Carlos Lopez-Gonzalez

Department of Conservation Biology, Denver Zoological Foundation, 2300 Steel Street, City Park, Denver, Colorado

80205-4899; cats4mex@aol.com


This paper reviews the research and conservation projects associated with the Bordercats Working

Group, a group of scientists and advocates concerned with the status of neotropical cats in

northern Mexico and the American Southwest. For ocelots ( pardalis ), jaguarundis

( yaguarondi ) and jaguars ( onca), this region is the northernmost limit of

their geographical distribution. We review the results of our field surveys for bordercats in

Arizona, Chihuahua, Coahuila, New Mexico, Nuevo Leon, Sonora, Tamaulipas, and Texas;

describe a GIS-based habitat mapping project for bordercats; and discuss what conservation-related

activities are critical for the long-term survival of the cats in the border regions.