Borderland Jaguars: Tigres de la Frontera

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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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"The work is not only significant, it is an important contribution, because it serves to dispel many myths and misconceptions regarding the jaguar. It will be the major source on the species for many years to come."—Harley Shaw, wildlife biologist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874806960
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,004,833
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

David Brown is professor of biology at Arizona State University in Tempe, and is the author of Vampiro (University of Utah Press, 1999), Wolf in the Southwest, and Grizzly in the Southwest.

Carlos López González is a research associate of the Denver Zoological Foundation.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Natural History 15
Physical Description 15
Subspecies 28
Fossil Record 30
Distribution 32
Habitats 43
Prey 50
Breeding and Reproduction 55
Population Characteristics of Southwestern Jaguars 57
Home Ranges and Coexistence with Other Carnivores 60
Status of Other Borderland Cats 63
2 Jaguars and People 67
The Jaguar in Prehistoric Cultures 68
The Jaguar in Contemporary Southwestern Native Cultures 80
Anglo Americans and Borderland Jaguars 85
Jaguars in Northern Sonora 100
Hunting Jaguars 110
Jaguars in Borderland Folklore 128
The Jaguar as a Symbol 132
3 Status and Conservation 137
Management History 137
Jaguars in Texas and Tamaulipas 141
Proposed Jaguar Conservation Plan 142
App. 1 County bounty ledger and affidavit form used in Texas for paying out bounties in 1913 145
App. 2 Annual report of game killed in 1917 on the National Forests of the Southwestern District, Arizona 146
App. 3 Big game killed on Coronado National Forest, Arizona, in 1920 147
Bibliography 149
Acknowledgments 161
Index 165
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