The University of Arizona

Jaguar Research

Jaguar Research
  • “Any improvements we do on the land that benefit livestock also benefit wildlife. Controlled burns, friendly fences, watershed management.”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “I believe this should never have become critical habitat, because it’s not critical habitat!”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “We need to find ways to make the presence of an endangered species a positive thing. Financial benefits and real legal protections would be very useful.”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “What we are all looking for is to live in a healthy landscape.”
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • "I think ranching keeps the country open. Without open country wildlife is sunk."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “The jaguar carries with it such as awe and mystic because they are such a beautiful predator.”
    Melanie Culver, Scientist
  • “In the Western Hemisphere, the Jaguar is the only truly large cat.”
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • “They avoid humans and therefore we don’t see them very often.”
    Steve Spangle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • “We are looking at billions of dollars in ecosystem services benefits every year, things like clean water to flood protection.”
    Aaron Lien, Scientist
  • "I think government has to be involved in management. It’s an important job – don’t disagree with the job they are meant to do."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “As a biologist, I have always been fascinated by the cats.”
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • “The important thing for us was to stay involved and make sure we knew when camera’s we’re being checked and when there was a sighting . . . “
    Dan Bell, Rancher
  • "My dream for all of us in the Altar Valley is to be proud to have an animal like that living in our area."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • "We’re using markers called ‘Micro-stabilities' and those are the markers that [give] a DNA fingerprint. The same thing you would see in a court case."
    Melanie Culver, Scientist
  • "It’s so much fun to open the cameras and look at the cards and see what’s on them!"
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • "We use scats to compare to a larger study that includes Mexico and beyond."
    Melanie Culver, Scientist
  • "And I think that the ranching does maintain that delicate balance between protection and use, probably better than any other land use."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • "We have cameras in 16 mountain ranges across the Southern half of Arizona and New Mexico."
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • “Can we do [ecosystem services payment program] in a way that takes the regulation out of it.”
    Dan Bell, Rancher
  • "The perception that ESA will hinder land improvements and lower land value is a huge problem. To manage large landscapes, we have to have people working together."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “Ranchlands provide ecosystem services to the rest of us who live in urban areas.”
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • "I feel that in Altar Valley we have a pretty positive situation where we are trying to work together for a positive outcome."
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “The immediate thing you think of is ‘how many calves has this Jaguar taken?’”
    Dan Bell, Rancher
  • “Don’t like the idea of critical habitat. Raises a red flag to ranchers. Afraid it is going to limit the activities to be carried out on lands.”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “In the list of features that are essential to Jaguars. None of those are influenced by grazing. We don’t see a concern.”
    Steve Spangle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • “The jaguar is being used politically to stop hunting and grazing. [I’m] worried that people will be killing them so FWS won’t be finding them.”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher
  • “We’re creating the most comprehensive data set of mammalian wildlife on a regional scale . . .”
    Lisa Haynes, Biologist
  • “These animals have been able to follow their habitat pattern. We don’t need critical habitat to protect the animal – they are already protected.”
    Southeastern Arizona Rancher