Whistling for the Jaguar

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


Since coming forward as the whistleblower in the Macho B case almost four years ago and writing this blog the past year, I have accomplished almost nothing for positive, safe, and respectful change in the way jaguar conservation is conducted in Arizona and the U.S. The only positive to have come out of the whole situation is McCain not being able to work with large mammals in the U.S. for five years, but that equates to bad news for whatever animal he is currently “studying,” wherever that may be.

So I realize I need help, hopefully yours. Please consider taking a moment of time to contact anyone on the list below to ask what is being done to ensure the next jaguar documented in the U.S. does not meet the fate of Macho B. Thank you.


1. AZ Congressman Raul Grijalva: He called for the USFWS to investigate Macho B’s snaring and death. In addition, the Congressman called for the Office of Inspector General to investigate. The OIG reported that AZGFD violated their permits. The OIG report and AZGFD’s responses can be found under the blogroll. From the December 2012 AZ Republic series on Macho B:

Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., who originally requested the criminal investigation, said Monday that his previous attempts to get answers were stymied but that he is determined to learn more about prosecutorial decisions and the continuing role of key officials in federal jaguar studies.

“It’s hard to describe,” Grijalva said. “Not only the tragedy involved, but the attempt to manipulate and cover up.”

And from a December 2012 Center for Biological Diversity article:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2012 — In a letter sent today, a broad coalition of 238 conservation, Hispanic, recreation, animal welfare, religious, labor, youth, business and women’s groups urged President Barack Obama to nominate Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-Ariz.) as the next interior secretary when that position opens. Grijalva is currently ranking member of the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, and a leading Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee.

Congressman Grijalva not only has a responsibility to ensure the protection and conservation of any jaguar detected in the U.S. he also, apparently, has and may have more power to make that happen.

Tucson office: 520-622-6788

D.C. office: 202-225-2435

Grijalva’s Communications Director: Adam Sarvana: adam.sarvana@mail.house.gov

Grijalva’s Environment Consultant: Brandon Bragato: brandon.bragato@mail.house.gov

2. Doctor Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Director of USFWS: RDTuggle@fws.gov

Dr. Tuggle should be asked why Erin Fernandez is still employed by USFWS and why she is still involved in jaguar conservation. In addition, Dr. Tuggle should explain why AZGFD is still one of the lead agencies in jaguar conservation in the U.S. despite violating their endangered species permits with USFWS and the Endangered Species Act when they illegally captured Macho B. Also, Tuggle should be asked why his agency granted the University of AZ $771,000 via the DHS mitigation fund when Ron Thompson and Jack Childs, two people his agency recommended being charged in the Macho B investigation, were involved and since Childs had previously violated his Endangered Species permits with the USFWS as the figurehead of the Borderlands Jaguar Detection Project.

3. Nicholas Chavez, USFWS Special Agent in Charge Southwest Region: 505-248-7889

Mr. Chavez should be asked why all government employee email accounts weren’t seized during the Macho B investigation, as well as, Jack Childs’ and why there wasn’t a more thorough and aggressive investigation into those same people. There was probable cause to thoroughly investigate all government officials, as well as, Childs. Just the information I have provided in this blog, as copied directly from the investigative documents I received in my FOIA request, is enough to charge just about everyone mentioned with conspiracy to take an endangered species, to wit, a jaguar known as Macho B.

4. Larry Voyles, AZGFD Director: lvoyles@azgfd.gov

Voyles should be asked why former Endangered Species Coordinator Terry Johnson is currently a paid consultant for AZGFD concerning jaguar issues. Also, when does he and his agency plan on apologizing to the public for lying about Macho B’s capture for close to four years? In addition, Voyles should also be asked to  remove AZGFD from all jaguar conservation activities since they broke the law illegally capturing Macho B and have demonstrated a disregard for the safety and well-being of the species.

5. Melanie Culver, Principle Investigator for the University of Arizona Jaguar Study: culver@ag.arizona.edu

Culver should be asked why, now that their involvement in Macho B’s illegal capture has publicly come into question and been highlighted in the AZ Republic series, Ron Thompson and Jack Childs are still involved in the U of AZ jaguar study?


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