LAS CRUCES, N.M. (KRQE) – Farmers and ranchers in southern New Mexico are now suing the federal government over its jaguar program.

US Fish and Wildlife is setting aside hundreds of square miles near the US and Mexico border as habitat for the big cat.

Opponents argue that US Fish and Wildlife shouldn’t have done that because the jaguar wasn’t living there when it was listed as an endangered species.

While jaguars have been spotted in the area in the last decade, officials acknowledge that no female jaguars or breeding has been documented in the US for more than 50 years.