Bobcat Collared 1 Day Before Woolsey Fire Gives Birth to 4 Kittens — KTLA

Wildlife officials say a young bobcat captured, collared and released a day before a massive, deadly wildfire has given birth to four kittens. Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Friday that biologists recently found the bobcat’s den in dense vegetation in a large residential backyard in Thousand Oaks. While their mother…

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Could Mountain Lion Hunting Harm Mule Deer? — The Jaguar

Last week, Drs. Mark Elbroch and Howard Quigley announced a “provocative” new paper (Elbroch, 2019). In it, they concluded that high levels of mountain lion (Puma concolor) hunting might harm mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) populations in the American west. This finding might seem counterintuitive, but it’s based on years of hard science. Elbroch and Quigley, […]

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Study Suggests Snow Leopard Population Estimates are Inflated — The Jaguar

A study performed by researchers with the Snow Leopard Trust suggests that snow leopard (Panthera uncia) population estimates are too high. The study – conducted by Suryawanshi, Khanyari, Sharma, Lkhagvajav, and Mishra (2019) – analyzed all of the peer-reviewed articles about snow leopard numbers from around the world. The scientists discovered that most of these […]

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Jaguar Attacks Woman Taking Photo at Arizona Zoo — KTLA

A jaguar attacked a woman at a zoo in Arizona, leaving her with injuries that required medical attention, the fire department said. The attack happened Saturday evening at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, said Shawn Gilleland of the Rural Metro Fire Department. The guest crossed over the barrier to get a photo and…

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A Model Ranch for Jaguars in Bolivia — The Jaguar

On March 7, Mongabay’s Rhett A. Butler released a great feature about jaguars (Panthera onca) in Bolivia. More specifically, the article deals with a ranch that is serving as a bastion of conservation. The ranch at the center of Butler’s article is called San Miguelito. Run by Duston Larsen and his partner Anai Holzmann, San […]

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Rare Ocelot Filmed in Arizona, with Q&A — The Jaguar

Conservation CATalyst, the group behind the viral El Jefe video from 2016, is in the news again. This time, they’re making headlines with a video of a rare ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) in southern Arizona. While, on a global scale, ocelots are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, in Arizona they’re endangered. Ocelots […]

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New Study: Snow Leopard Conservation and Ecotourism — The Jaguar

Snow leopards (Panthera uncia), the ever-elusive ghosts of the mountains, are undoubtedly one of the most charismatic species on Earth. Unfortunately, they are in decline: threatened by habitat loss and degradation, climate change, decreasing availabilities of natural prey, poaching, and human-wildlife conflict. I have written about the latter threat many times. When creatures like snow […]

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Mountain Lions are Expanding their Range Eastwards — The Jaguar

Many months ago, I wrote a post about the remarkable journey of the Connecticut Cat: a mountain lion (Puma concolor; cougar; puma), that traveled over 2,700 km from the Black Hills in South Dakota to Milford, Connecticut.1 This cat’s extraordinary story begs the question, might other mountain lions also be moving east? The short answer […]

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