The Jaguar is an important symbol in local Mexican culture. The Mayans believed it was a messenger between the living and the dead. The biggest cat native to the Western Hemisphere, the Jaguar ranges from the United States to Argentina. In Mexico, most Jaguars are located in the jungles of Chiapas and the Yucatan Peninsula. Deforestation is causing the loss of its habitat, and the Jaguar population in Mexico is now in decline.