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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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Friday, April 26, 2019

The America's largest native feline, the Jaguar, can kill any creature in its domain...........A Caiman, a massive crocodilian, can kill a Jaguar via a fatal bite or by drowning...............However, Caiman most often end up as dinner for Jaguars when the two go toe to toe in a a cage match" .........Below you can view some intense and outstanding videos displaying the prowess of Jaguars ability to kill Caimans both in the water and on land.........."Jaguars are built for power, not for speed"............Thus, they possess herculean-type upper body strength with crushing jaw power"..........."Jaguars are able to hold onto larger, powerful prey like caiman because of the way they hunt"........... "Other big cats kill their prey by clamping their jaws around the neck and suffocating it".......... "However, Jaguars kill by puncturing their victims with powerful bites"........ "Additionally, they're the most aquatic of all big cats'.........."Like Navy Seals, they quickly are able to gain the advantage and win the day both at sea and on land".........In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jaguars ranged across all of South and Central America, calling the USA home from San Francisco down to Arizona and across Texas into Florida and into the Carolina's............"Today, 'Jags' carve out a living from the northern tip of Argentina to the U.S.-Mexico border(a couple as of the last decade seen in Arizona),"............"The Brazilian Pantanal nature reserve is the only region in which they're fully protected across their range"

View to watch a video of a Jaguar stalking and killing a massive Caiman in the Pantanal
region of South America

click link below to view a 2nd video of a South American Jaguar stalking and then doing an "Olympic-Style"dive into a river to kill a Caiman

Watch: Jaguar takes down massive caiman in tense underwater battle

Earthtouch News, April 26, 2019

Big cats – like lions, leopards and tigers – are among the few animals with enough brawn and moxie to take on a full-grown crocodilian. While these predators certainly target the occasional toothy prey, jaguars are likely the most frequent croc killers. A recently released clip from National Geographic's docuseries Hostile Planet showcases the jaguar's caiman-ending prowess.

The clip kicks off with a jaguar lurking jaw-high in a stretch of murky water while Bear Grylls narrates. "With each step a trap could snap shut," he explains, reminding us that this river is filled with teeth. The jaguar closes in on its target and lunges below the surface disappearing momentarily in a splash of white. It returns with a hefty caiman clasped between its jaws.
The jaguar administers an impressive chokehold, but to dispatch prey of this size, it will need to resort to its trademark killing bite delivered to the back of the head or skull. These burly cats are built for tackling sizeable prey. In the cat family, they are stocked with some of the strongest jaws for their size and have the brawn to back it up. 

tudies in the Pantanal – a swathe of wetland covering 70,000 square miles (181,300 square kilometres) in the centre of South America – have shown that jaguars target caimans across a broad size range. Indeed, the latest footage is not the first time we've seen the big cats take on reptilian prey.
Netflix also served up a helping of jaguar-caiman action recently in a sequence filmed for the David Attenborough-narrated series Our Planet (it's a predation bonanza if you're a jaguar fan!). In this instance, the jaguar launches an aerial attack from the river bank and pin-drops on an unsuspecting caiman:

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