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Old 06-22-2007, 03:37 PM
 
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According to books I have been reading, Jaguars inhabit the Americas, which obviously includes the United States. However, I have never heard of any spottings like those of alligators, bears, and other wild exotic animals. Are they extinct in this country or what?
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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wikipedia link: jaguar
Wow, I had assumed that the jaguar was only in Mexico, Central and South America--but the link says there are "occasional sightings" in the southwestern United States. However, the species is considered to be in decline.
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:35 PM
 
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According to books I have been reading, Jaguars inhabit the Americas, which obviously includes the United States. However, I have never heard of any spottings like those of alligators, bears, and other wild exotic animals. Are they extinct in this country or what?
Very good question. I went to school in Utah and after stayed for a period of time. Was always amazed at the speed of antelope. The coyote and mountain lion are the fastest predator in the west,but not fast enough to catch an antelope. After the ice age these pronghorns evolved to run 60M.P.H. to escape from the cheetah that lived on the plains. The north American cheetah is now extinct. I know this is off topic but find posts like yours interesting.
Chris
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:46 PM
 
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One of the most beautiful animals in the world.





Their range:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/7/7c/Jag_distribution.gif (broken link)
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Old 06-22-2007, 04:48 PM
 
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Awsome picture!
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:31 PM
 
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There use to be lions here too and tigers. I heard a plan that zoologists were going to populate national parks with animals from africa. If it's true then it would be cool but I don't think it will go through because these animals would really ruin the ecological system their. And also the animals would be a lot more dangerous then bears or wolfs.
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Old 06-23-2007, 03:13 PM
 
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There use to be lions here too and tigers. I heard a plan that zoologists were going to populate national parks with animals from africa. If it's true then it would be cool but I don't think it will go through because these animals would really ruin the ecological system their. And also the animals would be a lot more dangerous then bears or wolfs.
Eco-concerns would not be the only problem. How could animals from tropical Africa in a completely climate outside of its natural habitat. I do not think that would work.
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Old 06-23-2007, 04:57 PM
 
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Eco-concerns would not be the only problem. How could animals from tropical Africa in a completely climate outside of its natural habitat. I do not think that would work.
Well how does the Amur tiger survive in Siberia? It takes generations but eventually it should be able to work out. I m not sure though. But it would be cool, right?
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Old 02-09-2009, 08:02 PM
 
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There are a few Jaguar that have been spotted in southern Arizona, and southern New Mexico in recent years, all are males who wander in over the Mexican border. Historically, the range of these cats was as far north as the Grand Canyon, but all were shot out by ranchers and homestedders by the early 1900s, so unfortunately there is no more breeding population in the US. There is a breeding population in Mexico however - these males wander back and forth to Sonora, Mexico to breed with females who do not wander from their territory. With a new homeland security fence being installed the entire length of the border, the appearance of these cats in the US may cease forever...I really do wish they would once again become established in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:38 PM
 
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There are a few Jaguar that have been spotted in southern Arizona, and southern New Mexico in recent years, all are males who wander in over the Mexican border. Historically, the range of these cats was as far north as the Grand Canyon, but all were shot out by ranchers and homestedders by the early 1900s, so unfortunately there is no more breeding population in the US. There is a breeding population in Mexico however - these males wander back and forth to Sonora, Mexico to breed with females who do not wander from their territory. With a new homeland security fence being installed the entire length of the border, the appearance of these cats in the US may cease forever...I really do wish they would once again become established in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
yeah, i remember reading that the jaguars actually roaming territories in the states were killed and driven out in the 1920's or so, and that the only sightings since then have been transients.

aaron out.
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