How many Jaguars are there left in the United States?



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    Unfortunately the answer is essentially zero.  There may be a very tiny population of Jaguars present in Southern Arizona, but the last known jaguar in the United States, Macho B, was actually euthanized in March of 2009.  He had been the only jaguar seen in the states within the last decade.  The last time he was spotted it was discovered that he was suffering from kidney failure (he was 16) and he was put down to end his suffering.  Jaguars have not been present in large numbers since the early 1900s.  The completely built up border between Mexico and the United States further isolated whatever minute population of Jaguars that were left in the US.

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    They are believed to be completely or nearly extirpated since early 1900s, meaning that there no longer a US population of this big cat. Their historic range included an area along the border with Mexico, but that is no longer the case. There may be a small population in Arizona, although the only cat spotted and later tagged there was euthanized last year due to kidney failure after being tracked for a few years.

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      Man that is so sad, do you think they would respond well to a transplant?

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      You mean for the kidney? Not sure really, there are probably very few scientists or vets capable of doing such an operation on them. The animal would need to be sedated for a very long time to heal after the operation. Plus it’s probably equally hard to find a donor and take its kidney. Even if all of that is done, there are all the organ compatibility issues, just like in humans, except that these cats were never studied enough to know which factors to compare. This could work if the donor was a close relative, but since this was a lone animal tagged in wilderness, that would be impossible to get.

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