Earlier this week, I was delighted to find a story about Macho B, a Jaguar spotted southwest of Tucson. Normally only seen near the Arizona-Mexico border, this event caused celebration. For the first time in over a century, the Arizona Game and Fish Department caught and collared a jaguar in the U. S.
But the celebration was short. Through his satellite-tracking device, his movements showed increasing lethargy shortly after his release back into the wild. He was recaptured and tested at the Phoenix Zoo; "severe and unrecoverable" kidney failure was the prognosis. Captured on February 18, he was euthanized March 2. Judged to be about 16 years old, he is believed to be the oldest Jaguar in the world.
According to Channing Turner, in the Arizona Republic, "Environmentalists will host a memorial for the Jaguar today (March 5, 09) in downtown Tucson."