Poachers often kill jaguars because their pelts are beautiful and valuable. This practice has decreased, but they still remain quite valued for their paws and teeth.

Also, another practice that affects the jaguar's endangered status is their preying on domestic livestock. Since jaguars are found in parts of southern Texas and Mexico where farmers have huge amounts of land with lots of animals, the farmers sometimes kill jaguars when they are caught trying to eat the domestic cattle.

Deforestation is another way in which human impact has affected the presence of jaguars in the wild. Because jaguars mainly live in the rainforests of South and Central America, the lack of trees decreases the amount of prey that exists in the areas where they live and the protection that they receive from the trees against human predators.

In regards to pet status, members of Mexican drug cartels often own jaguars in order to flash their wealth.

In an effort to lessen negative human impact, jaguars are now federally protected in many countries in their habitat range, including the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, French Guiana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, and Venezuela. This means that it is illegal to hunt jaguars in these countries. Other countries in the jaguar's habitat range have hunting restrictions, which means that it is acceptable for farmers to kill jaguars that are disturbing the livestock that is kept on their land.

There is one jaguar in North Carolina located at Tiger World.