Photographs taken by cattle rancher and mountain lion hunter Warder Glenn in the Animas Mountains.
The four photographs above show one of North America’s last remaining jaguars. This fellow was accidentally found during a mountain lion hunt by Warder Glenn and the rest of his hunting party, when five of Mr. Glenn’s hounds picked up a scent and took off. Mr. Glenn himself quickly gave chase as well, and soon got into a hundred yards of the commotion.
”I looked up and in the shade of a big cedar tree, I could see a big cat, dark in the shade. I thought they have a big tom lion. I moved in closer. The cat charged the dogs. They scattered like quail. Then I saw it was a jaguar.”
According to Mr. Glenn, the jaguar had quite the quarrel with his dogs. However, in the end, neither cat nor dogs were seriously harmed
”The jaguar could have easily killed the dogs”, Mr. Glenn said. ”One bite to the head and they’d be gone. But he let them go on purpose.”
Moments later the rest of the hunting party arrived, and helped gather the dogs. As they looked at the jaguar, the jaguar met their gaze, struck a trot and left.
”He did not run”, Mr. Glenn said. ”He was not afraid of anything.” Later he estimated that the jaguar, by the look of his teeth, was eight or nine years old and weighted nearly 200 pounds. Mr. Glenn named the cat ”Border King”.
source: Gone for Decades, Jaguars Steal Back to the South West
For over 50 years, no documented females or breeding pairs have occurred in the United States. The last known resident female was killed in 1963 near the Grand Canyon. Other than that, only just a few sightings have been reported, with the encounter with Border King being one of them.
It is known, however, that jaguars tend to cross from Mexico to the US and vice versa. The jaguars sighted in the US are believed to be transients- that they are not a resident population. Therefore, the Arizona Fish And Game Department, along with local ranchers and many jaguar experts, are opposed to declaring any part of Arizona and New Mexico as critical habitat for jaguars.
Whether Border King is still alive or not is unknown. The lifespan of jaguars in the wild is about 12 to 15 years. If it is true that Border King was 8 or 9 years when Mr. Glenn had encountered him, then he should be 16/17 years by now. In other words, he should be long gone, leaving the US with one less jaguar.