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1 June 2013 First Records of Jaguar (Panthera onca) from the State of Michoacán, Mexico
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In May 2010, we documented the presence of jaguars (Panthera onca) in the state of Michoacán, Mexico, by means of six photographs obtained with camera traps and a skull collected in the field. The photographs show an adult female and a subadult cub. These records were from tropical semi-deciduous forest in a transitional area between the Sierra Madre del Sur and the Pacific Coast. These records constitute the first evidence of the jaguar in Michoacán. Additional research is needed to confirm whether the records correspond to a resident population of jaguar rather than to wandering individuals.

En mayo del 2010, documentamos la presencia de jaguares (Panthera onca) en el estado de Michoacán, México, a través de seis fotografías obtenidas con trampas cámara y un cráneo encontrado en el campo. Las fotografías enseñan a una hembra adulta y una cría subadulta. Estos registros se encontraron del bosque tropical subcaducifolio en una zona transicional entre la Sierra Madre del Sur y costa del Pacífico. Estos registros constituyen la primera evidencia del jaguar en Michoacán. Se requiere investigación adicional para confirmar si los registros corresponden a una población de jaguares residentes o a individuos errantes.

Juan F. Charre-Medellín, TIBERIO C. MONTERRUBIO-RICO, Francisco J. Botello, Livia León-Paniagua, and Rodrigo Núñez "First Records of Jaguar (Panthera onca) from the State of Michoacán, Mexico," The Southwestern Naturalist 58(2), (1 June 2013). https://doi.org/10.1894/0038-4909-58.2.264
Received: 26 December 2010; Accepted: 1 May 2013; Published: 1 June 2013
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