“This tragedy is piercing. It highlights the urgency to guard jaguar habitat on either side of the border,” said an animal conservation advocate.
In the past decade, only a couple of the third-largest cats on this planet after tigers and lions— jaguars — were seen roaming in the Arizona mountains.
Now, one of those very few were apparently killed and skinned in the country.
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the cat was one of only two known jaguars to be spotted in the U.S. in the last three years.
A nonprofit organization devoted to protecting jaguars, Northern Jaguar Project, obtained a disturbing photo of a jaguar pelt with markings that match Yo’oko’s which implied someone killed and skinned the rare cat.
“We’re very upset that somebody killed that jaguar. I just can’t believe that. It’s really sad for us,” Carmina Gutierrez Gonzalez said, a biologist with the group.
Other activists were shocked by the unfortunate incident which has further jeopardized the already dwindling population of jaguars.
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