Documentary exposes how a Canadian miner is seeking to destroy the habitat of the nation’s only known wild jaguar


Rimrock, AZ—InvestigativeMEDIA’s documentary “Flin Flon Flim Flam” reveals the controversial history of Toronto-based miner Hudbay Minerals Inc. that is now seeking state and federal permits to construct a massive open-pit copper mine in the habitat of the nation’s only known jaguar.

A new video capturing the movements of the jaguar named El Jefe released this week is attracting widespread media attention. The video was produced and released by the Center for Biological Diversity and Conservation CATalyst.

Photo by Jonathan Troung

Photo by Jonathan Troung

The jaguar video comes just weeks after InvestigativeMEDIA released “Flin Flon Flim Flam” on the worldwide operations of Hudbay Minerals and its plans to construct the Rosemont mine on the Coronado National Forest in the Santa Rita Mountains southeast of Tucson, Arizona.

The documentary exposes Hudbay’s history of operating Canada’s most polluting copper smelter, the company’s alleged atrocities in Guatemala where it stands accused in a Toronto civil trial of murder, gang rapes and a shooting that left a man paralyzed, as well as the company’s conflicts with indigenous people in Peru.

The biologically-rich Santa Rita Mountains host a dozen endangered species including the jaguar. The proposed copper mine would destroy more than 3,000 acres of Coronado National Forest and render the northern half of the Santa Rita Mountains useless for recreation, according to the Arizona Game & Fish Department.

“The Rosemont Mine would destroy El Jefe’s home and severely hamstring recovery of jaguars in the United States,” said Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center. “The Santa Rita Mountains are critically important to jaguar recovery in this country, and they must be protected.”

Hudbay still needs a state Air Quality Control Permit, a federal Clean Water Act permit, and final approval from the U.S. Forest Service before the mine could proceed.

© Copyright 2016 John Dougherty, All rights Reserved. Written For: Investigative MEDIA


  1. Selkie77 says

    What a load of nonsense. Tucson is currently one of the top 10 economically distressed cities in the country. 40% of its population lives in poverty. People protesting the mine have no concern for the poor. What have these people protesting the mine done to bring good jobs to Tucson? Absolutely nothing. As long as they have money, who cares if someone else has to work a low-wage job? Who care is someone is unemployed? What a bunch of selfish people. There is no concern for putting people back to work from mine opponents. To the hypocrites protesting the mine, when are you going to create jobs for Tucson? Where are the jobs?

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