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Backpacker Magazine – October 2013

Survival A to Z: Jaguar

"He who kills with one leap."

by: Maren Kasselik

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Yes, there’s a new killer to worry about on your next hike— if it’s in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. Since October 2012, a 200-pound jaguar—named for the Native American word “yaguar,” which means “he who kills with one leap”—has been roaming the range, sinking its 4-inch, blade-like fangs into its prey (deer and javelinas).

Thankfully, attacks on humans are rare, even in South and Central America, where the rest of the big cats live.

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