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Charges sought in Jaguar slaying


PHOENIX (WKOW) -- Investigators say an Arizona Game and Fire Department employee could face criminal charges for killing the last living wild Jaguar in the state.

In a federal report, the state says the male jaguar, known as "Macho B" was caught in February 2009 in a trap and had a tracking collar attached to him before being released.

After tracking the cat for six weeks, researchers noticed he was acting abnormally.  They recaptured him, only for a veterinarian to discover Macho B was suffering from renal failure.

The condition was deemed irreversible and euthanized him.

Federal investigators found evidence that the first capture may have violated the Endangered Species Act.

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