Most people would be pretty freaked out to see a 150+ pound jaguar roaming their back yard. Reports of mountain lions where I hike make me nervous enough.
But the endangered jaguar is also one of the four great cats of the world. And until recently, only one lived in the United States. Now it’s dead after it was snared in southern Arizona near the Mexico border.
I probably would not be writing about Macho’s death if it wasn’t for Seth’s first grade research topic: the jaguar. Seth and Lael fell in love with the cat after watching Dora the Explorer.
Coincidentally, I had just finished reading a National Geographic article on efforts to preserve jaguar habitat by connecting the cat’s broken up territory. Sadly, it is unlikely more cats will show up in the United States as the government’s border fence puts up still more obstacles to the great cat.
One thing we’ve learned about the jaguar: while the cat may go after livestock, they rarely attack humans. Too bad we can’t leave them alone even in the uninhabited parts of our country.