Extinct Animals : Jaguar
The Western Hemisphere's largest cat has disappeared from much of its range, which once extended from the southern United States through Mexico, Central and South America east of the Andes to Argentina.
Hunting and trapping for its highly prized fur, and loss of habitat to forest clearing for farms, pastures, roads, and airstrips for mining and exploration have all been factors in the animal's decline. It now survives in non-developed areas south of southern Mexico, especially the Amazon rain forest.
The jaguar is protected from illegal hunting and trade in skins, but law enforcement in some areas is difficult. There is also protection in a few national parks and on some large, private ranches, but it may not be sufficient.