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March 1, 2010     Volume 3


Last US Jaguar Died After Illegal Trapping

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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.

However, 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.

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 kidney failure

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 1900's.

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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