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Jaguars to get recovery space

ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Tuesday it will set aside critical habitat for the endangered jaguar and develop a recovery plan for the elusive animal once thought to have disappeared from the United States.

The agency said it will review which lands the big cats need to survive and will put together a plan by early next year to help the species recover.

The largest cats native to the Western hemisphere, jaguars live primarily in Mexico, Central and South America. They once inhabited an extensive area that spanned California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Louisiana.

The cats were considered gone from the country until two were spotted in 1996 near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

Mystery object will skim past Earth

WASHINGTON — A mystery object from space is about to whiz close by Earth today. It won't hit the planet, but scientists are stumped by what exactly it is.

Astronomers say it may be space junk or it could be a tiny asteroid, too small to cause much damage even if it hit. It's 33 to 50 feet wide at most.

NASA says that today at 6:47 a.m. CST, it will streak by, missing Earth by about 80,000 miles. In the western United States it may be bright enough to be seen with a good amateur telescope.

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