Poachers killed one of the last jaguars in the US

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield  

Published on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at 11:51 am EDT

Written by: Clare-Anne Canfield


A male Panthera onca in Brazil. Photo Credit: Bernard DUPONT

Yo'oko was one of the only three known jaguars roaming the US, where this large cat is considered endangered (that's probably obvious considering there are only two left). Jaguars have a large range and they once roamed from Arizona, Mexico, to  Argentina and Brazil. Unfortunately, we're now down to just two in the US and there's been a 21% drop in populations throughout their range.
The pelt of Yo'oko. Photo Credit: Center for Biological Diversity

Yo'oko was killed by poachers, but it's unknown who or exactly when he was killed. Side-note: it's pretty darned illegal to shoot endangered species.
Yo'oko - the jaguar that roamed the Huachuca Mountains in Arizona. Photo Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildife Service

Jaguars can live up to 28 years in captivity, but generally only 11 to 12 years in the wild. This is mainly due to habitat loss, accidents and being shot by humans. Is it too much to ask for that cleansing, human specific, sterility causing virus yet?