Terry Penrod's jaguar pelt decorates his living room in Lakeside. He shot the animal in 1963, thinking it was a big bobcat. But his kill turned out to be the nation's last known female jaguar, giving rise to a controversy over critical habitat that goes on today.
This is a 1963 hand out photo Terry Penrod (TERRY PENROD ) as he crouches next to jaguar he killed on September 28, 1963 (SEPT 28, 63) while varmint hunting between Big Lake (BIG LAKE) and Reservation Lake (RESERVATION LAKE). Courtesy Terry Penrod
Four photos of a jaguar roaming southeast of Tucson in the northern Santa Rita Mountains and one photo of an ocelot in the Huachuca Mountains were released today by the federal government.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has asked that a proposal aimed at designating land in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar be withdrawn.
Arizona game officials are consulting with seven outside experts to determine if a photo recently submitted by a hunter shows the tail of a jaguar or an ocelot sighted southeast of Tucson.
These photos of jaguar and ocelot tails are shown side by side for comparison. The photo arrangement was prepared by two biologists, Jeannette P. Hanby and J. David Bygott.
Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say outside experts agree with state biologists that a hunter’s trail camera captured an image of a jaguar late last month. It was sighted southeast of Tucson on Sept. 23.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate about 838,000 acres, mostly in Southern Arizona, as critical habitat for jaguars.
A U.S. Department of Homeland Security helicopter pilot gave an
account of a brief jaguar sighting last June in the Santa Rita
Mountains south of Tucson, the Border Patrol said today.
A hunter saw and photographed a jaguar in Cochise County over
the weekend, the Arizona Game and Fish Department confirmed
Jaguars can weigh up to 250 pounds, but those in Arizona usually are smaller, around 100 pounds.
A conservation group has discovered at least one jaguar in
northern Sonora, about 30 miles south of the Arizona border, the
group reported Monday.
This northern jaguar was photographed in early January by a remote camera in Sonora, about 30 miles south of the U.S.-Mexican border.
The following letters are in response to the Oct. 18 article
"Jaguar team ceases work amid disputes, big cat's death."
The team formed to help the endangered jaguar survive in Arizona
and New Mexico has ground to a standstill.