Whistling for the Jaguar

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


Snares were checked by AZGFD technicians, Smith and Crabb Feb. 7-9. On the 9th, McCain alerts AZGFD and USFWS of the new Macho B photo picked up in the Atascosa/Pajarita Mtns. from Jan. 12 and the jaguar tracks found on Feb. 5 in the same area. Jack Childs is cc’d on the email whose recipients, among others, include: Fernandez (usfws), Van Pelt and Johnson (azgfd). McCain does not include the following in his email; that the jaguar tracks were found on the snare trap line and that the picture was taken a few miles from the snares, nor that the snares have been reactivated. Sometime after this email was received by the agencies Johnson said, “he received a phone call from McCain after the jaguar was determined to be in southern Arizona and McCain wanted to know if individuals within AZGFD research branch were aware of the jaguar presence.” Johnson said he didn’t understand the phone call. Johnson told the USFWS agents that he did not know the location of the snares nor that the snares were “reset” in Feb. 2009. He also told the agents that he did not know the snares were closed in the fall of 2008.

McCain sent another email to a friend who is a wildlife biologist out of Texas Tech. Ron Thompson is cc’d on the email. The email ends with “by the way, old Macho b is again reining over his territory along the border. My last two days in the field last week produce (sic) another picture and fresh tracks…yes, his. Tracks on that line that I was showing (redacted).”

McCain also shares Macho B’s latest detections with an AZGFD law enforcement officer he has befriended. In an email chain that begins on Feb.2, McCain tells him “he was going to start snaring again and would be focusing on the Bear Valley/Ruby area.” On Feb. 3, he informs the officer of the Tumacacori detections and on the 5th states, “Macho B just showed up down on the border south of Bear valley.”


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