Archive for August, 2007

Northern AZ jaguars

August 31, 2007

Here’s a link to the Flagstaff paper’s article about designating critical habitat in Northern Arizona. Given the feds’ reluctance to designate habitat in Southern Arizona where jags currently occur, I think this will be a really hard sell. Now if climate change continues as expected, it might become a different story.

High Country News

August 30, 2007

jag.jpg Here’s a good article in High Country News on the critical habitat question. I think it encapsulates the differing views seen in this blog’s Q&A’s.

Jaguar books

August 25, 2007

Hi- Here are some of my favorite jaguar (and wild cat) books in no particular order. I have mentioned several on this blog but some are new. A few are probably out of print so I suggest you try your local library or Bookfinder if you want to purchase. So here goes:

Boderland Jaguars/Tigres de la Frontera– David E. Brown and Carlos Lopez Gonzalez- the book on SW jags; full of great info; excellent.


Jaguar– Alan Rabinowitz- wonderful tale of Rabinowitz’s struggles in Belize to study jags and establish a preserve for the big cat.


On the Trail of Big Cats– Geraldine Veron- detailed travel information for the big cat lover.


Tracking the Felids of the Borderlands– Jack L. Childs- packed with info on reading tracks, kills, etc from one of the leaders of the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project.

Eyes of Fire– Warner Glenn- a classic account and photos of a 1996 encounter with a big male jaguar. A must have for the jaguar aficionado.


The Jaguar– Rafael Hoogesteijn and Edgardo Mondolfi- a big, beautiful, expensive book (I think I paid 100 bucks for mine) with a concentration on jaguars on South America.

The World of the Jaguar– Richard Perry- an oldie (1970) but lots of interesting anecdotes.

Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan : Wild Cats– compiled and edited by Kristin Nowell and Peter Jackson- a bit dated (1996) but tons of info on every species of wild cat from the IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group.


Clan of the Wild Cats– The Nature Company- jam-packed with great photos, quotes and information.

Wild Cats of the World– Mel and Fiona Sunquist- pretty much the Bible for feline fans; the title says it all!


Icons of Power : feline symbolism in the Americas– edited by Nicholas J. Saunders- academic but readable; where I turn for information on the great Balam!


I’m very much looking forward to Jack Child’s forthcoming book Ambushed on the Jaguar Trail


Anyone else have a fave I haven’t mentioned?

Border fence…

August 23, 2007

And so it goes in the USA of 2007. 😦 I love the line: “Border Patrol officials in the Tucson Sector said Monday they couldn’t comment about why there was no public comment period or concerns about wildlife or cultural sites.” Somewhere Orwell is having a good chuckle. Here’s the link.



David E. Brown Q&A

August 21, 2007

I’m very pleased to post the following Q&A with David E. Brown, who (with Carlos Lopez Gonzalez) literally wrote the book on Southwest jaguars. Their work, Borderland Jaguars/Tigres de la Frontera is required reading for anyone hoping to understand jaguars in the US and Northern Mexico. David has been a working biologist in the Southwest for over 40 years and he is a faculty member at Arizona State University (Go Devils!). I thank David very much for answering my questions. His responses are below in blue.

  1. How did you come to be interested in the jaguars of Arizona and New Mexico? I first became interested in Southwest jaguars when Bill McGee brought one in from the Patagonia Mountains. Who cannot become interested in jaguars on seeing such a specimen! (more…)

Border fence/Ben Franklin quote

August 21, 2007

ben.jpgMy feelings about the border fence (and most everything else going on these days) are summed up by that great American rabble-rouser Ben Franklin who famously wrote (well, most people attribute it to him):

Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.

The question is, what kind of country do we want to be? Can we figure out a way to preserve our natural heritage while still protecting ourselves from threats? Will future generations look back at us with the same disgust that we view the 19th Century buffalo slaughterers? Will the country whose President once told the Soviets to “tear down this wall” put up one of its own? I can’t believe we would be so short-sighted and unimaginative to think we can solve this problem by fencing ourselves in. We’re better than that. And the jaguar and the rest of our wildlife deserve more. Viva El Tigre!

Bill Van Pelt Q&A

August 20, 2007

I’m very pleased to be able to post this Q&A with Bill Van Pelt, the head of the Nongame Bird and Mammal Program of the Arizona Game and Fish Department and a leading member of the Jaguar Conservation Team. I thank Bill very much for taking time to answer my questions.

1. How did you come to be involved in jaguar conservation? I am the Nongame Bird and Mammals Program Manager for the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the jaguar is classified as an endangered mammal.
2. How do you respond to those people who say that the JagTeam is not an effective conservation tool? The Jaguar Conservation Team (JAGCT) is a recognized forum for jaguar conservation.

Border fence

August 19, 2007

Seems that even people overseas are reading about the proposed border fence and the impact it would have on jaguars and other species.


Warner Glenn Q&A

August 17, 2007


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I’m very pleased to post the following Q&A with Warner Glenn, the author of Eyes of Fire, rancher, mountain lion hunter and conservationist. In many ways, Warner’s photographs of a wild jag in 1996 were the spark for the last decade’s research, camera traps and conservation struggles over the jaguar; all lovers of these lovely cats owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Warner is on the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group and has seen wild jaguars in the US twice. I thank him (and his wife, Wendy) very much for taking the time to answer these questions. I think you’ll find his answers fascinating! Any comments out there?

SWJ: As a rancher and mountain lion hunter, what is your feeling towards predators in general and jaguars in particular?

(A.) Predators in general: Should be controlled to a certain extent to allow a healthy prey-base to exist. Sport hunting for these predators is a (more…)

From the Archives

August 14, 2007

Here’s a link to a really good 2004 NPR story about Jack Childs, Warner Glenn and others involved in jaguar conservation. Click on the “Migrant Jaguars” link to read the transcript or on the Real Player/MP3 link to hear the story. It’s worth a listen!