12th 2009
…and then there were none: The jaguar is now extinct in the United States

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After decades of neglect, and refusal (by state and federal government, over many years) to create a species recovery plan as required by the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. jaguar population had long ago fallen to nearly negligible levels. Now the last U.S. jaguar, “Macho B”, is dead. The story of his death is sad, but it’s the loss of the whole species that is tragic. Perhaps someday jaguars can be imported from Mexico (as wolves have been imported from Canada) to re-establish this magnificent species in the U.S.

2 Responses to “…and then there were none: The jaguar is now extinct in the United States”

  1. Thea on 06 Apr 2009 at 5:15 pm #

    I wanted to learn a little more about this story, and a little internet searching turned up some troubling reports about whether the capture of Macho B for study may have precipitated his death (he was caught accidentally, according to AZ Game and Fish, but they took advantage of his snaring to fit him with a onotoring collar).
    The Arizona Game and Fish Commission and Department stands by their actions.

  2. admin on 07 Apr 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Nice to hear from you. I’ve heard through the grapevine that Macho B wasn’t given enough water when he recovered from his anesthesia, and that this may have contributed to his kidney failure…although I had not heard what it says in that LA Times story, which is that maybe he was _just_ dehydrated and his kidneys were actually OK. I would have to say that in any case, unnecessarily anesthetizing a 15-year-old cat doesn’t seem like very good judgment. BUT: by the time you are down to a single animal, it really doesn’t matter much. Even if Macho B hadn’t died earlier this year, it was probably just a matter of a few months, or at least a year or two. Fifteen is old for a cat in the wild. No matter what happened with that particular cat, U.S. jaguars’ days were numbered.

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