The Grasslands Jaguar, native to the northern parts of the United Kingdom, has been sighted in Britain for the first time in a century.
The sightings come after a series of sightings in recent years, with the animals having recently been spotted off the coast of Essex, in the English Channel.
The sightings have come after some of the country’s largest conservation groups raised concerns that the species could be over-exploited by hunters and that there is a lack of scientific evidence that it is threatened.
The Jaguar is listed as “threatened” on the UK Wildlife Service’s Red List, meaning that it has a high risk of extinction and there is no guarantee that the threat to the species will be addressed.
But the sightings in the area have come as a surprise to conservationists, with many claiming the species is being overlooked.
“The Grasslands Jaguars are a highly unusual species that we have never seen before, so we have to be very cautious about what we do in order to ensure their survival,” explained Peter Jones, CEO of the Great British Carnivore Trust (GBCT), who has campaigned to have the species listed as threatened.
“We know that the Great Britain Carnivores are one of the UK’s most successful carnivores, so it is not surprising that they would have such a high population.”
But the reality is that there are not enough records on the species, and the scientific evidence is not there yet.
“If the species does not have the proper protection we will be in a situation where we cannot stop them from becoming extinct.”
Jones added that the conservationists’ concerns were unfounded.
“It is not the first and it will not be the last time we see this species in the wild.
We have seen sightings in places where it is rare, like in the South Downs and the Isle of Wight, but the majority of sightings are in areas where it has never been seen in the past.”
Jones also pointed out that the birds’ numbers in the country had grown by over 90% over the past 40 years.
“They are a very, very important conservation target species,” he said.
“Unfortunately, we have been neglecting them because they are such an important part of the food chain.”
I hope that this is just the beginning of an important collaboration to see if we can save the species.
“The Grassland Jaguars are native to Great Britain, Scotland and Wales, and are one in the most widespread and widespread threats to wildlife.
They are found across the UK, with around 60% of them living in England, Wales and Scotland.
It is estimated that the population of the Grasslands has increased by more than 1,000% since they were introduced into the country by hunters in the 1920s.
It can be difficult to find the grasslands jaguars as they have often been hidden in the shadows of large, dense forests.
In a recent survey of the British countryside, the GBCT found that they have been found in the areas of woodland and low-lying areas, including some in rural areas.
The group is now calling for the government to provide more funding for the management of the species in order that it can be listed as a protected species.