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Jaguar prowls the streets in Cancun and enters a property (Watch Video)

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Residents of the Villas del Mar III subdivision in Cancún, Quintana Roo, recorded on video a jaguar that was roaming the streets and finally entered one of the houses, causing fear and amazement.

Several videos circulated on social networks this Friday, February 23, recorded by residents of the subdivision, where they mention that the feline was captured at dawn the day before.

After the jaguar that was roaming the area entered the patio of one of the homes, the settlers felt fear, so they called the emergency number 911 to request help from the authorities since they had previously observed it on the perimeter fence in the Villas del Mar III area.

For this reason, they called on the authorities to return the feline to its natural habitat.

Locals question whether the jaguar is reclaiming its turf, since with the construction of the Tren Maya several wild species are being displaced, as  activists have reported o several occasions.

According to them, they had already seen the animal previously walking in the vicinity of the Aloja housing development.

So far there is no official statement on whether the Civil Protection agents carried out an operation and managed to catch the jaguar to verify that he is in good health and relocate if to its natural habitat.

The intention of the people who reported the incident, they said, is to warn other people passing through the area to take extreme precautions, especially at night, when this jaguar is most likely to prowl the streets.

María Luisa Albores González, Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources has declared that a single jaguar could cover between 2,500 to 10,000 hectares of territory to satisfy its food and living space needs.

But in Quintana Roo, more than 10 million trees have been felled with the works of the railway megaproject. There is increasingly more deforestation, which has been documented by environmental conservation activists.

Thus, the advancement of the Maya Train works without appropriate environmental measures limits the survival of the jaguar, an animal ancestrally sacred to the Mayans, which federal laws are also supposed to protect. Just this week, the Selvame del Tren collective documented that the works on the Mayan Train continue, along with the logging of the Mayan jungle where jaguars live, for which adequate conservation measures have not been established because jaguars are an endangered species protected by NOM 059 Semarnat 2010.

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