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My son was driving to Tucson from Safford on Sunday, 10/27/02. About 6pm he was near Willcox and saw what was probably a jaguar cross the interstate. When he told me about it, I remembered something on your site about sightings and wanted to let you know.
The animal was slightly smaller than a Cougar but larger than a Bobcat, with a long tail and appeared to be a grey color. It was moving fast in a cat fashion. It was dusk. If you would like to speak to Tyler about this, please respond to my email. rianent@hotmail.com Thank you, Angie Ray

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Hi Azflygirl,

Thank you for posting the info. If it was a jaguar, your son is extremely luckily, given only 63 sightings since 1900. Did he happen to have a camera handy?

The Arizona Game and Fish may want to hear your son's account, perhaps the AGF will want to scout the area for traces of the cat.

The Arizona Game and Fish department's web site is at:
http://www.gf.state.az.us/welcome.html and their phone number is:
(602) 942-3000

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On 2002-10-28 18:50, azflygirl wrote:
My son was driving to Tucson from Safford on Sunday, 10/27/02. About 6pm he was near Willcox and saw what was probably a jaguar cross the interstate. When he told me about it, I remembered something on your site about sightings and wanted to let you know.
The animal was slightly smaller than a Cougar but larger than a Bobcat, with a long tail and appeared to be a grey color. It was moving fast in a cat fashion. It was dusk. If you would like to speak to Tyler about this, please respond to my email. rianent@hotmail.com Thank you, Angie Ray

[ This Message was edited by: azflygirl on 2002-10-28 18:51 ]

With all due respect, the animal you described does not sound like a jaguar. Jaguars are typically slightly larger than cougars, and are of a rusty-brown or orange hue with many rosettes, which are black, round, open-ended spots about the size of a quarter. The location in which it was spotted also seems hardly feasible, given that the closest known established population is 500 miles south of Tucson in the Sierra Madre mountain range of Mexico. Even in search of food or a mate, it is unlikely that a jaguar will have traveled as far north as Wilcox.

Your son probably located a small cougar, or perhaps even a large bobcat. It could have even been another animal, considering that about 80% of wildcat sightings in Arizona are mistaken for dogs, coyotes, etc. At any rate, if it really was a cougar or bobcat, he should feel lucky to see one. I have been hiking the mountains around Tucson for several years and still have yet to see any of those animals.

-Albert

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