Killing of Last U.S. Jaguar a Crime

From Endangered Earth:  Confirming our worst fears — and supporting our lawsuit against the Arizona Fish and Game Department — the inspector general’s office last week released its long-awaited investigation into the death of Macho B, the last known American jaguar, originally requested by the Center and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.). The report concluded that the state agency lacked the necessary permits to capture jaguars, that its employees and contractors appeared to have purposefully and criminally captured Macho B, and that it intimidated federal biologists who were concerned about the agency’s reckless behavior. It also concluded that critical evidence was destroyed because a key U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision-maker ordered a “cosmetic necropsy” without knowing what the word necropsy means.

As a result of Game and Fish’s bungling, Macho B was killed in 2009. The Center has sued the agency to prevent additional capturing and killing of jaguars.

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