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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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Thursday, December 8, 2016

A possible 2nd Jaguar is roaming in Arizona about 70 miles southeast of Tucson............The picture of the "Jag" is being evaluated by biologists to determine if this is a different animal from the Jaguar nicknamed "El Jeffe", last seen some 20 miles outside of Tucson in 2015..............There has not been a female Jaguar living in the USA since the 1940's but Americas largest feline historically ranged as far north as San Francisco and possibly east to Florida and the Carolina's at the time of European colonization, circa AD 1500.............Critical Habitat has been created by the USFW Service in Arizona and New Mexico for the Jaguar with the hope of re-establishing a population of the "Cats" in the USA

Rare jaguar photographed in Arizona

Agencies have recently received a photograph of a jaguar taken by a Fort Huachuca trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains. If confirmed, this will be the second jaguar known to live in the state. (Photo Courtesy of AZGFD

PHOENIX –The Arizona Game and Fish Department and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently received a photograph of a jaguar taken by a Fort Huachuca trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains.
Fort Huachuca is a U.S. Army installation near Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona.
AZGFD has issued a news release for what appears to be a second jaguar living in the state.
“Preliminary indications are that the cat is a male jaguar and, potentially, an individual not previously seen in Arizona,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle - regional director for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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"El Jeffe", photographed in 2015
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El Jefe: Americas Only Known Wild Jaguar, up until
the 12/1 spotting of perhaps a 2nd "cat"

"We are working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to determine if this sighting represents a new individual jaguar,” said Dr. Tuggle.
“While this is exciting news, we are examining photographic evidence to determine if we’re seeing a new cat here, or if this is an animal that has been seen in Arizona before,” said Jim DeVos - assistant director of the department’s Wildlife Management Division.
“We look forward to partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and thoroughly vetting the evidence,” said DeVos.
AZGFD, USFWS and Fort Huachuca personnel will notify the public when the final determination is made.
Fast facts:
• Preliminary analysis suggests this is not El Jefe, a jaguar captured on video last year
• Until now, El Jefe was believed to be the only jaguar in the U.S.
• A female jaguar hasn’t been spotted in the United States since the 1940s
• In 1963, a hunter in Arizona’s White Mountains shot the last known female jaguar in the U.S.
• Two years later, in 1965, the last legally-killed male jaguar was taken by a deer hunter in the Patagonia Mountains, south of Tucson
• Arizona, New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest were home to jaguars before predator control programs aimed at protecting livestock eliminated them
• In 1969, Arizona outlawed jaguar hunting

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