photo: Arizona Game and Fish Department
This is very exciting news and historic, too. For the first time ever a wild jaguar in the US is wearing a radio collar. The picture provided by the AZ Star (sometimes I can get in and other times it asks for a sign-in- sorry!) shows that it’s definitely Macho B, as you can see the famous Betty Boop spot pattern. I am trying to get some more info and will post it as I can.
I know the collaring of wild animals in general and an endangered jaguar in particular is controversial but I feel that unless there’s hard data to show where these cats roam there’s very little chance of anyone doing anything. We can all wish that bureaucrats will do the ecologically right thing, but we all know how that goes. One can hope that we will be able to show how his movements are impacted by human activity, the border wall, etc, etc. So here’s to loads of data and continued wanderings for Macho B. Viva El Tigre!