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March 1, 2010 Volume 3
Last US Jaguar Died After
Condensed by Native Village
The United States' last resident jaguar was
euthanized last February by the Arizona Fish and Game
Department (AFGD). The AFGD said it had been caught in a
trap meant for mountain lions and bears.
the Interior Department's inspector general said that
wasn't true. He said the AFGD illegally snared the
jaguar. The jaguar was a 118-pound male named
Macho B. seemed in good health when he was caught in
a leg snare last February. Arizona Fish and Game
employees tranquilized him, then release him with a
radio collar. A few days later Macho B wasn't moving. He
was taken to the Phoenix, then euthanized because of
U.S. jaguars were the biggest cats in the Western
Hemisphere. Their territory stretched from California to
Tierra Del Fuego. Now their populations are limited to
northern and central South America. Only one female
jaguar with a cub has been spotted in the U.S. since the
The jaguar is especially vulnerable to habitat loss,
and has been on the endangered list since 1997.
Macho B's death comes shortly after the the jaguar
received federal protection. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service planned to establish a critical habitat for
their recovery in the Southwestern desert.
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