In Teddy Roosevelt’s day jaguars roamed from the rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona to New Mexico’s Rio Grande and across much of southern Texas. But following decades of persecution by hunters and government predator control agents, native jaguars vanished from the United States.
In recent years, a handful of intrepid male jaguars like “Macho B” and “El Jefe” have returned to the U.S., traveling north from Mexico and settling in southern Arizona. Their presence shows there is ample natural prey like white-tailed deer and peccary.
But to recover this icon of the Southwest, male jaguars need female mates to have jaguar cubs on U.S. soil again.
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