Amidst a federal probe, the mysterious death of America’s last known jaguar is turning into a big cat fight, the New York Times reports. Arizona wildlife officials say they mistakenly trapped Macho B in a leg-hold snare and found him to be healthy. But a conservationist working with the group said they intentionally caught the 16-year-old animal—which experts had warned against.
Wildlife personnel recaptured the jaguar last month after noticing strange behavior. They diagnosed irreversible kidney failure and later euthanized the jaguar. But some experts, questioning the diagnosis, say that decision was too hasty, Discovery News reports. “All of the critical evidence is missing,” said one veterinarian. Once ubiquitous, jaguars have been decimated by a century of hunting.