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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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Saturday, October 6, 2012

So far, two responses from our friends Carter Niemeyer and Carmel Severson and both conclude that the photo snapped by a hunter outside of Tucson in late September was that of a Jaguar and not an Ocelot----read their rationale below

Carter Niehmeyer-I vote jaguar. Lack of predominate banding. Long black tip rather than interrupted by bands in the black
Carmel Severson- It's a Jaguar----Comparing the pattern and its layering along the length of the tail, the rosettes closer to the base. The dimensions/shape of the tail from the base to the tip. Blew it up a little and looked at the tail height compared to the grasses in the surround. The appearance of the tail &  what could be seen of the hind height compared to the ground. It was a difficult picture because it was not
a very high resolution so it lacked the sharpness; always difficult when your only viewing parts. But I have watched Jaguars at close quarters in captivity  drew from much of that observation of their form.
photo of the felid that was seen outside of Tucson in September(far right) versus stock photos of
an ocelot(left) and a jaguar(middle)

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