One of only two jaguars known to be living in the United States has been pictured dead in a photo released Thursday.
The photo shows a pelt with markings matching Yo’oko, a young male jaguar seen roaming the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona in 2016 and 2017.
The big cat’s name, which is the Yaqui word for jaguar, was chosen last year by students at Hiaki High School in Tucson.
Yo’oko had been photographed north of the border several times in late 2016 and 2017.
Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center for Biological Diversity, said:
This tragedy is piercing. It highlights the urgency to protect jaguar habitat on both sides of the border and ensure that these rare, beautiful cats have safe places to live.
We must continue working to overcome the cultural prejudice that jaguars are somehow enemies of people. Indigenous people of the Americas have revered jaguars as majestic, powerful spirits of the wild for thousands of years. Whoever killed Yo’oko could learn a lot from them.
The presence of jaguars in our mountains tells us that they are still whole and still wild. The thought of having to explain to those kids at Hiaki High School that somebody killed their favourite jaguar really just breaks my heart.
Jaguars are the third-largest cats in the world after tigers and lions, according to Biological Diversity. They once lived throughout the American Southwest before virtually disappearing from this part of their range over the past 150 years.
Jaguars continue to move into Arizona from Mexico. Seven jaguars have been confirmed by photographs in the United States in the past 20 years.
Details are scant at this time and it’s s not known whether the Jaguar was killed by natural causes or by the hand of a human. Still, the debate rages on.
Images taken in South Africa earlier this week show an American hunter proudly posing next to a killed giraffe.
The hunter can be seen standing and then sitting beside the black giraffe, whose face is dug into the floor.
White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share pic.twitter.com/hSK93DOOaz
— AfricaDigest (@africlandpost) June 16, 2018
Africa Digest wrote on their Twitter account:
White American savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe courtesy of South Africa stupidity. Her name is Tess Thompson Talley. Please share. [sic]
If our so called governments can’t care for our wildlife then its time we stand up and responsibility of our continent, lands, resources and wildlife….share share share! and lets have a united voice against pillage of Africa, it’s the only home we have [sic]
One commenter wrote:
If the government cannot care about its citizens my dear what makes you think they even give two flying doves about an animal. Until we see the value of what we have then we will never appreciate [sic]
About. 1.7m trophies were traded in the 10-year period between 2004 and 2014, Discover Wildlife says. Of those, 200,000 – or roughly 20,000 a year – belonged to animals that are classified as threatened by the IUCN.
The most traded species of all was the black bear – 44 per cent of all imported trophies (93,322) came from Ursus americanus.
Next in order were the mountain zebra (12,892 trophies), leopard (10,299), African elephant (10,294), Chacma baboon (9,504) and lion (8,231).
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