Whistling for the Jaguar

The un-redacted story of the jaguar, Macho B's snaring and death.

Feb. 6, 2009

On Feb. 6, McCain is flying out of the country for a vacation while his AZGFD co-workers, Smith and Crabb, check the snares. At some point in the day, Dr. Aguilar will email the lead biologist on the snaring project, Chasa O’Brien, that two members of her field team, McCain and Smith, have contacted him seeking his advice on anesthetizing a jaguar. He will also forward the same info to USFWS jaguar lead, Erin Fernandez.

After the snares are checked Smith leaves for Flagstaff to retrieve a CO2 powered Dan inject dart rifle from a fellow AZGFD employee. Smith wanted a tranquilizing gun with plenty of range if a jaguar was snared. This need comes after the conversation from the previous day where McCain described to Smith and Crabb the power of a snared jaguar. On Smith’s way back to the snaring area he stops at AZGFD Headquarters in Phoenix. He tells (redacted) that McCain identified a jaguar track and (redacted) replies, “Better watch it. Its got to be accidental.” Smith responds, “I know.”

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