The Arizona Daily Star has been following the story of Macho B, the Jaguar that was recently caught, radio-collared and released in southern Arizona.
I'll quote from a 3/28/09 update, bascially a teaser for a story being run in tomorrow's Sunday edition:
What killed Mach B, the country's last known jaguar living in the wild?Way to go AZ Daily Star for following up and investigating on an important, local, environmentally-oriented story.
Four individual U.S. jaguars have been confirmed to exist since 1996 — two each in Southern Arizona and southwest New Mexico. With the recent death of aging Macho B, who was caught in a trap then released with a tracking device in Southern Arizona, no jaguars are known to live in this country today.
Officials have said the jaguar euthanized early this month due to kidney failure clearly had suffered from the disease before his Feb. 18 capture. A vet also said the stress of the trapping probably aggravated Macho B's problems.
New information uncovered in a Star special investigation into the death of Macho B contradicts earlier conclusions.