The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed a Web page to provide more information and answer questions on the recently collared jaguar in southern Arizona. The new Web page contains a summary of the capture and collaring of Macho B, along with press releases, a timeline of events, photographs and answers to frequently asked questions.
The new Macho B Web page address is www.azgfd.gov/machob.
The page also includes a link to a videotaped copy of a news conference held on March 5 with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the attending veterinarian from the Phoenix Zoo, a jaguar conservation biologist from Game and Fish, and the chairman of the Arizona Game and Fish Commission.
The jaguar was incidentally captured Feb. 18 in an area southwest of Tucson during a research study aimed at monitoring habitat connectivity for mountain lions and black bears. The cat was fitted with a satellite tracking collar and then released. It was hoped that the collar would provide biologists with a better understanding of how jaguars use the borderlands habitat.
Initial location data indicated the jaguar was doing well and had moved more than three miles from the original capture site, but data monitoring more than a week later revealed a decreased level of activity. A response team was activated to assess the animal’s condition in the field. Due to weight loss, on March 2, the cat was brought immediately to The Phoenix Zoo for further medical assessment. It was determined then through blood tests that the jaguar was in severe and unrecoverable kidney failure, and the decision was made to euthanize the animal.
For more information about jaguar conservation in Arizona, visit www.azgfd.gov/jaguar.