Nayarit, Mexico — The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA) filed a criminal complaint with the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Nayarit on June 7 against whomever is responsible for the death of a jaguar on a state highway.
On June 2, the animal was found on the toll road of Autopista Tepic-Crucero de San Blas on the Mecatán ejido land in the Municipality of San Blas, Nayarit. Authorities say that from the injuries, they have determined the cat was ran over and left for dead.
They did say that due to the condition of the animal, it was able to be used for educational purposes and will be donated to a public or scientific research facility. The deceased animal was a full adult male between eight and 10 years old.
The animal was found in a known jaguar-corridor near a the protected natural area of Escuintla. The jaguar is listed in the Official Mexican Standard under the category of Endangered Species.
Federal environmental officials remind the public that it is a federal crime to harm or kill a protected, endangered species in Mexico. Anyone found responsible for killing a jaguar, or other protected animal, can face up to nine years in prison.