First Jaguar Caught in U.S. Put to Sleep


A jaguar named Macho B. may have been the only wild jaguar left in the United States. He's been photographed near the Mexican border in Arizona since 1996. He was caught and released on February 18th, when wildlife officials fitted him with a tracking device. In the past few days, a biologist tracking Macho B. noticed his lethargic behavior, so Arizona Game and Fish officers recaptured him. They found the jaguar to be suffering from severe kidney failure, and he was euthanized. Macho B. was estimated to be 14-16 years old. Link

(image credit: Arizona Game and Fish Department)

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my first thought as well - how very sad. unfortunately we will probably be seeing the phrase "the only wild" more and more often as we continue to sprawl on to unprotected habitats.
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It's interesting (and sad) that the great cats suffer the same problems as domestic cats. Renal failure is one of the major causes of disease and death in cats.

At least the jaguar was lucky enough to be euthanized and not have to suffer the slow agonizing toxic death of renal failure.
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:( How sad. The only time we see these animals is when they make the news.

The only time I see badgers, raccoons, and porcupines (which are extremly rare where I live) is when they have been hit by a car.
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