Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jaguar roaming Southern AZ is identified

Posted: Feb 24, 2009 08:06 PM EST
Updated: Feb 24, 2009 08:06 PM EST

By Leasa Conze - email

Arizona Game and Fish wildlife managers are learning some fascinating things about a jaguar roaming Southern Arizona.

They put a satellite tracking collar on the jaguar last week and it provides the cat's location points every three hours.

It also has a unique feature with a special signal to indicate if the jaguar crosses the international border with Mexico.

Since it was collared February 18, the jaguar has moved several miles to a very high and rugged area.

He has stayed in that general vicinity for a few days with patterns of rest and visits to a nearby creek.

Scientists also have confirmed that this cougar is indeed "Macho B," the same cougar that has been photographed by trail cameras periodically over the past 13 years.

Macho B is believed to be the oldest known jaguar in the wild, somewhere around 15 or 16.


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