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Post by Original Quill on Sun Jan 21, 2018 11:16 pm

Christian Science Monitor wrote:Arizona jaguar? Photos show rare big cat near Tucson.
Arizona jaguar is seen in photos roaming the mountains southeast of Tucson. Federal wildlife officials provided the photos of the rare Arizona jaguar to the Arizona Daily Star in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

By Associated Press



TUCSON, ARIZ. — New photographs show that a rare male jaguar apparently has been roaming in Southern Arizona mountains for at least nine months, indicating the animals are occasionally moving into their historic range from northern Mexico and into the American Southwest.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (http://bit.ly/12rLi2b ) that remote cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations in the Santa Rita Mountains' eastern flank on seven occasions since October. Those photos were taken for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by University of Arizona cameras after a hunter gave state authorities a photo of a jaguar's tail that he took last September in the Santa Ritas.

The images were provided to the Star this week by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Federally financed remote cameras photographed the jaguar west of the proposed Rosemont Mine site in the mountains southeast of Tucson.

It is the only jaguar known to live in the United States since the 15-year-old cat known as Macho B died inArizona in March 2009.

The photographs come as federal wildlife officials consider designating more than 1,300 square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar.

The proposed habitat would include parts of Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties in Arizona, and New Mexico's Hidalgo County.

While this habitat isn't as good for jaguars as what exists in Mexico, said Jean Calhoun, an assistant field supervisor in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Tucson office, "It's the best (jaguar) habitat we have."

Tim Snow, an Arizona Game and Fish Department nongame specialist, said the area where the photos were shot has prey for the jaguar like deer and javelina.

But the new photos don't change the state Game and Fish's opposition to a jaguar critical habitat.

"That solitary male jaguar is no reason for critical habitat. We don't have any breeding pairs," said department spokesman Jim Paxon. "If that was critical habitat, we would still be doing the same thing that we are doing today. We are not harassing that jaguar or modifying normal activities there that are lawful today."

Michael Robinson of the environmental advocacy group Center for Biological Diversity, however, said a habitat is needed in American Southwest. "It's hard to see how an area with possibly the only jaguar living in the wild in the United States ... how that habitat would not be essential to recovery here," he said.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, http://www.azstarnet.com


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Post by nicko on Mon Jan 22, 2018 6:31 am

Now thats been made public, some Gun happy Yank will be looking to shoot it ?
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Post by WhoseYourWolfie on Mon Jan 22, 2018 7:56 am

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I wonder if he hiked all the way up there ???

Or if some local gave a helping hand, and re-located it into that region..


(I have heard that some Eastern Grey kangaroos can migrate for hundreds of miles up and down the great dividing range over here..).

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Post by Original Quill on Mon Jan 22, 2018 4:58 pm

Actually, they are fixed, remote cameras, with motion sensors, along trails and such, so no person was around when the shutter was tripped.  The guy who discovered the cat and snapped a single picture (top), just happened on him. The equipment and film since brought in are the property of the University of Arizona (Tucson), on contract to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Arizona Star had to file a FOIA request to obtain the film, as it is not for tourist or public consumption.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife is not advertising the Jaguar or anything like that.

This is not that remote to Tucson.  The Santa Rita mountains are just south of town, with trail heads close enough for a Sunday morning hike and on to a IHOP restaurant for brunch.


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Post by Maddog on Mon Jan 22, 2018 5:02 pm

nicko wrote:Now thats been made public,  some Gun happy Yank will be looking to shoot it ?

Relax, they're a protected species now.  I guess there's an outside chance someone defending their pets or livestock shoots, but big cats tend to steer clear of humans.

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Post by Jules on Mon Jan 22, 2018 11:01 pm

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Oh dear. It looks so beautiful, it's beauty will be its downfall. Hunters will go after it. That jaguar is a coat or rug waiting to happen.

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Post by Cass on Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:22 am

Jules wrote:
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Oh dear. It looks so beautiful, it's beauty will be its downfall. Hunters will go after it. That jaguar is a coat or rug waiting to happen.

True, He is not totally safe, but the vast majority of hunters know that shooting him, certainly everyone in Arizona, would bring a big jail sentence and huge fine.

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Post by Maddog on Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:29 am

Cass wrote:
Jules wrote:
Oh dear. It looks so beautiful, it's beauty will be its downfall. Hunters will go after it. That jaguar is a coat or rug waiting to happen.

True, He is not totally safe, but the vast majority of hunters know that shooting him, certainly everyone in Arizona, would bring a big jail sentence and huge fine.

If someone shot him, they would be their very act not be a hunter, but a poacher.

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Post by Cass on Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:33 am

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True, He is not totally safe, but the vast majority of hunters know that shooting him, certainly everyone in Arizona, would bring a big jail sentence and huge fine.

If someone shot him, they would be their very act not be a hunter, but a poacher.  

Yup. And deep in the crapola.

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