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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Our question of Jaguar or Ocelot snapped by a hunter near Tucson------JAGUAR!!!!-----thanks to all those who accurately stated Jaguar weeks ago

Photo snapped near Tucson depicts jaguar not ocelot .

Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department said a photo taken in late September depicts a jaguar not an ocelot.

The photo was captured by a hunter's trail camera southeast of Tucson, but identification of the species was more difficult because the photo shows only the tail and a small portion of its hindquarters, officials said.

"Analysis of the spot pattern on the tail as well as the animal's size when compared to the surrounding vegetation and to other animals led us to believe the photo showed a jaguar," said Game and Fish Nongame Branch Chief Eric Gardner. "Without biasing the results by announcing our in-house conclusions, we asked others that work with large cat conservation to weigh in because of the limited information the photo provided."

Jaguars once ranged from southern South America through Central America and Mexico and into the southern United States. It is believed that southern Arizona is the most northern part of the range for a population of jaguars living in Sonora, Mexico, and that the United States contains less than 1 percent of the jaguars' total habitat.

Both the jaguar and ocelot are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Sightings of both of these species are important to biologists. By knowing where these cats are seen, it helps increase the understanding of the species' existence in borderland areas.

The department asks anyone who encounters a cat believed to be a jaguar or ocelot to report the sighting along with photos if available to the department or through the Operation Game Thief hotline at 1-800-352-0700.

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