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21 February 2022 Updates of Historic and Contemporary Records of Jaguars (Panthera onca) from Arizona
Randall D. Babb, David E. Brown, Melanie Culver, Jack Childs, Ronald Thompson, Raymond L. Kohls, Tom J. Taylor
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We summarize >80 accounts of jaguars killed and/or photographed in Arizona during a 160-year period. These accounts include 13 previously unrecorded animals and six contemporary photographic records. The period with most records occurred between 1900 and 1920. Occurrences ranged from Sonoran desertscrub < 1000 m ASL to mixed confer forest at 2,134 m ASL. Every county in Arizona save four had jaguar records and distribution of records indicate a north by northwest movement along montane corridors from the southeastern quarter of the state northwest to the Grand Canyon. Three counties bordering Sonora yielded numerous records over protracted periods, namely Santa Cruz, Cochise, and Pima Counties. The distribution, number of occurrences and records of females and sub-adults before 1920 suggest some animals may have been breeding residents.

Randall D. Babb, David E. Brown, Melanie Culver, Jack Childs, Ronald Thompson, Raymond L. Kohls, and Tom J. Taylor "Updates of Historic and Contemporary Records of Jaguars (Panthera onca) from Arizona," Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 49(2), 65-91, (21 February 2022). https://doi.org/10.2181/036.049.0205
Published: 21 February 2022
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