Jaguarundis have the second-greatest north-south distribution of any wild cat in the Americas. They have historically been known to range from Argentina all the way to Arizona. However, as no one has ever photographed a wild jaguarundi in Arizona, the question remains – are they actually there?
“The jaguarundi, for me, represents a big mystery,” says Giordano. “In some areas, they’re more like ghosts.” Although it has been assumed that they are common and widespread in certain areas, basic information on where they live is incomplete. In Arizona, for instance, jaguarundis are frequently identified, but no evidence has been shown of their existence in the state.
Read more about the hunt for the jaguarundi in Arizona, featuring S.P.E.C.I.E.S. founder and director Anthony Giordano, below: