USA: jaguars are coming back

This video from the USA says about itself:

Macho B was the last known living wild jaguar in the United States of America. He passed away on the evening of March 1, 2009 in Arizona after a bungled accidental recapture. This video is a tribute to him and his great species.


Jaguars Roam Northward Into Arizona and New Mexico

Jaguars are once again reclaiming parts of their former habitat in the southwestern US.

Motion sensing cameras have captured images of at least four jaguars that have roamed across the Mexico border into areas of New Mexico and Arizona.

Conservationists are urging federal wildlife officials to set aside critical habitat to help protect the endangered cat.

Jaguars are the largest cat in the Americas.

They are the third largest in the world (the tiger and lion are first and second largest, respectively).

It is to be hoped that the supersized ‘Berlin’ wall that Bush is building along the US-Mexican border will not hurt the animals.

It will hurt wildlife, including also birds, US environnmentalists say in May 2007; see video.

Jaguars in Argentina: here.

Bush administration and Mexico wall; cartoon

Japan: Iriomote wildcat; see also here.

Snow leopard: here.

14 thoughts on “USA: jaguars are coming back

  1. I live in an area with healthy populations of mountain lions and bobcats. I’ve seen a few bobcats, but I’ve never seen a mountain lion. I have come across plenty of evidence of them- scat, paw prints etc. There is something really exciting about living around large predators. What I’m wondering is: What have the Jaguars found to hunt? I’m guessing they’re preying on Javelinas. The desert southwest is rapidly being urbanized, and underground aquifers are drying up. A lot of that area has been subject to severe environmental degradation. This is a major turnaround from that tendency. BTW, it’s a good thing I wasn’t able to talk you into posting at Cheblogs. The server has been crashed for over two weeks now. The webmaster is a friend, and he has been asking me not to leave, but I am getting a little crazy waiting to post again. I continue to enjoy your blog.


  2. Dearkitty – Thanks for the post!
    Jon – From the articles I’ve read, it seems jaguars eat a wide variety of prey including rodents, peccaries, deer, birds, fish, armadillos.


  3. Hi Laura, thanks for your reaction; and best wishes for your blog!

    Sorry that ultra sensitive Blogsome anti spam software delayed your comment appearing.

    Do you happen to have web links to the articles on what jaguars eat? and to what extent can they find that prey in the area where they are coming back now?


  4. NAGASAKI, Dec. 29 (Kyodo)—A rare leopard cat has has been found on the lower island of Tsushima, in Nagasaki Prefecture, directly confirming their existence there for the first time in more than two decades, conservation officers said Tuesday.

    The highly protected Tsushima leopard cat, one of two species of wildcats found in Japan, was until recently feared to have completely disappeared from Tsushima’s lower island, though as many as 150 are thought to still survive on its upper island.

    Officers of the Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center said the 1,130- gram juvenile, a male thought to have been born only last spring, was found in a weakened state Monday on the property of a company in Izuhara town by an employee who notified authorities.

    Officers of the center, established by the Environment Ministry to study the Tsushima leopard cat and assist in recovery of the critically endangered species, were summoned to the scene.

    They said the rescued feline, apparently suffering from malnutrition, is currently being nursed back to health at the center.

    Leopard cats leave their mother’s home range 6 or 7 months after birth, at which time they must struggle to survive on their own.

    The Tsushima leopard cat, which is about the same size as a domestic cat but can be distinguished by a white spot on the back of each ear, is thought to have arrived on Tsushima from the Asian continent about 100,000 years ago.

    The 696-square-kilometer mountainous territory of some 40,000 people lies in the Korea Strait, only 49.5 kilometers off the Korean Peninsula and 138 km away from Kyushu Island. It separated into two main islands by artificial waterways.

    Kamijima, Tsushima’s larger and less populated upper island, is home to an estimated 80-110 of the small wildcats, down from an estimated 250-300 in the 1960s, conservation officers said.

    But on Shimojima, the lower island, the last confirmed wildcat sighting was in March 2007 when an automatic camera took a photograph of one, confirming their existence there for the first time since 1984 when one was found dead along a road, they said.

    Wildlife officer Shinsuke Mizusaki said the leopard cat’s numbers have been declining throughout Tsushima mainly due to habitat loss and road kill. Since 1991, 42 of the wildcats have been killed on Kamijima roads, including one earlier this month.

    To reverse the decline of the Tsushima leopard cat, which was designated by the Japanese government as a Natural Monument in 1971, it was declared a National Endangered Species in 1994 and a government-funded project was established to protect it.

    The project involves field research, habitat restoration, captive breeding and public education about threats to the wildcats which also include diseases carried by domestic cats, illegal snare trapping and feral dogs.

    In recent years, the Japanese government has been studying the feasibility of reintroducing wildcats to Shimojima.

    The Tsushima leopard cat, which goes by the scientific name Prionailurus bengalensis euptilura, is regarded as an isolated subspecies of the leopard cat, found across Eurasia.

    Japan’s other wildcat species is the Iriomote cat, or Prionailurus iriomotensis, found on the island of Iriomote in southern Okinawa Prefecture.


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