Arizona Jaguar

Subspecies of jaguar of uncertain status in Arizona.

Scientific name: Panthera onca arizonensis. Present status: Hunted nearly to extinction by

1905, though breeding populations persisted at least through the 1940s and probably until the 1960s. Confirmed jaguar sightings took place in 1971 (east of Nogales), 1986 (Dos Cabezas Mountains), 1996 (Baboquivari Mountains), and 2001 (near the Mexican border), with scattered, unconfirmed reports occurring almost annually. whether this constitutes a breeding population or occasional stragglers from Mexico is uncertain. The subspecies was declared endangered in the United States in 1997.

Sources: U.S. Fish and wildlife Service, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Final Rule to Extend Endangered Status for the Jaguar in the United States, 50 CFR Part 17 (July 22, 1997), on line at http://endangered. fws.gov/r/fr97622.html; Mitch Tobin, "Wandering Jaguar Shakes Things Up," Tucson Arizona Daily Star, February 24, 2002.

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