Borderland Jaguars: Tigres de la Frontera

Borderland Jaguars: Tigres de la Frontera

by David E. Brown
     
 

ISBN-10: 0874806968

ISBN-13: 9780874806960

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: University of Utah Press

"What is it about these borderland cats which has so fired up people? Scarcity combined with beauty explains some of the appeal. So does the animal’s legendary strength and power as befits its role as the region’s top predator. The jaguar’s neotropical origins also add to its mystique...But there is something more. That such a large cat is

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"What is it about these borderland cats which has so fired up people? Scarcity combined with beauty explains some of the appeal. So does the animal’s legendary strength and power as befits its role as the region’s top predator. The jaguar’s neotropical origins also add to its mystique...But there is something more. That such a large cat is out there somewhere...invokes the depths of our imagination. Nor does it matter one whit that the chance of any one individual actually seeing one is almost nil. The thought of such a cat’s presence is enough in itself."—from the book

In 1996 a rancher hunting mountain lions just north of the Arizona-Mexico border treed a jaguar. Instead of reaching for a rifle, the rancher went for his camera. Later that year another party photographed a jaguar in Arizona’s Baboquivari Mountains. These compelling photographs sparked public interest in jaguars and have resulted in calls for listing jaguars as an endangered species.

Borderland Jaguars documents the human-jaguar contact in the Southwest and presents jaguar folklore from both sides of the border. But the book is primarily a natural history of the jaguar, and discusses its distribution, habitats, and hunting and breeding characteristics before concluding with a section on the status and management of borderland jaguars, and a proposed conservation plan. Written in an engaging style, and replete with a wealth of photographs, Borderland Jaguars is a wonderful introduction to this elusive resident of the Southwest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874806960
Publisher:
University of Utah Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Natural History15
Physical Description15
Subspecies28
Fossil Record30
Distribution32
Habitats43
Prey50
Breeding and Reproduction55
Population Characteristics of Southwestern Jaguars57
Home Ranges and Coexistence with Other Carnivores60
Status of Other Borderland Cats63
2Jaguars and People67
The Jaguar in Prehistoric Cultures68
The Jaguar in Contemporary Southwestern Native Cultures80
Anglo Americans and Borderland Jaguars85
Jaguars in Northern Sonora100
Hunting Jaguars110
Jaguars in Borderland Folklore128
The Jaguar as a Symbol132
3Status and Conservation137
Management History137
Jaguars in Texas and Tamaulipas141
Proposed Jaguar Conservation Plan142
App. 1County bounty ledger and affidavit form used in Texas for paying out bounties in 1913145
App. 2Annual report of game killed in 1917 on the National Forests of the Southwestern District, Arizona146
App. 3Big game killed on Coronado National Forest, Arizona, in 1920147
Bibliography149
Acknowledgments161
Index165

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