Always fascinated by stories about big cats in the U.S. there are many more than people think - Ocelots, Margays, and Jaguars along with the more common Mountain Lions, Canadian Lynx and Bobcats. I also have terrible luck with them - in 25 years in the US I have seen precisely one Bobcat (Florida) and one Canadian Lynx (Alaska). Cats therefore hold a powerful mystery for me and I'm quite intrigued when I see an article about them.
|Jaguar photographed in Arizona (Credit Wikipedia I think)|
|Jaguar by John James Audubon - the background looks more SouthEastern than|
SouthWestern and apparently these cats once called much of the US SouthEast
I've had terrible luck with Jaguars in South and Central America, and have never seen one - once missing one by a heartbreaking 5 minutes in Belize - but one day, hopefully, I'll bump into one of these amazing cats. Until then, it's enough to know that they're still around and even still hanging on in the Southwestern U.S.