Donnie Fenn runs a guide business called Chasin' Tail Guide Service that offers tours for lion hunting in Arizona. His 10 year old daughter wants to follow in his footsteps someday, and was along with him on a recent trip that turned up something unexpected in the Arizona dry-lands.
Fenn, his daughter and his friend Tyler Burkett were out looking for lion tracks. The hound dogs that had come along picked up the scent of something and took off towards the canyon. Fenn got on a mule to follow the dogs. When he caught up them, they had circled around a tree. Fenn got his camera out and used the zoom power of the lens so he could see what was in the tree, since he was 200 yards away.
What had attracted the dogs was a male jaguar, that was about 15 feet up in the tree. The jaguar climbed down from the tree and took off running with the hound dogs in pursuit. Fenn followed on foot as well. After a couple of miles the dogs circled the jaguar.
"Just the sheer aggressiveness. The power it had. It wasn't snarling at us like a mountain lion does, it was roaring. Roaring and growling like I've never heard before. It was unreal," said Fenn.
The jaguar was swatting at some of the dogs to get them to back off. If the jaguar had wanted to, it could've killed the dog pack. Some dogs suffered puncture wounds from swats. Fenn said at one point he was only 15 feet away from that jaguar and saw how powerful the cat was.
Arizona thought that their last jaguar had been killed in 2009. There have been reports of sightings, but this is the first confirmed sighting. Fenn was able to get 80 photos while the jaguar was in the mesquite tree and some video. From KOLDNews13.com .