The following letters are in response to the March 29 article "Did Macho B have to die?"

Learn to leave wildlife alone

Evidence seems to point out that, no, Macho B did not have to die. It seems to me that officials were far too eager to obtain a "specimen" of the last of his kind in the United States.

They probably did not want to lose track of Macho B in the wild. He may have even lived much longer that way. We will never know.

But alas, just as his predecessors before him, poor Macho B was worth more to them dead then alive.

He will probably be stuffed and set in an exhibit somewhere along with other, just as dead, animals.

What is additionally so tragic is that so many of his kind were here before us and now are not.

People should learn to live and let live.

Linda Dills


Macho B a tragic loss

I was saddened to read the story about Macho B in the paper today. I would have expected the Phoenix Zoo vets to have tried hydration for more than just a few hours before deciding upon euthanization. When my 11-year-old cat gets dehydrated as a result of illness, her lab tests are far from normal. I expected more from Game and Fish and the Phoenix Zoo. What a tragic loss.

Gayle Sette

Retired, Tucson

Game and Fish owes the public an apology

I am just sickened and appalled at this whole situation. "Accidentally" capturing and collaring this beautiful wild cat was bad enough. Recapturing him and then deciding to euthanize him because he wasn't behaving the way he did before he was captured is inexcusable. The final outrage was in not performing proper autopsy because they didn't want to damage his coat. Instead, they turned his body over to a taxidermist to skin Macho B.

Researchers have been studying these cats for years without harming any of them. I think they owe the public a better answer and assurances that this will never happen again.

Regina Watkins

Network systems analyst, Tucson

Shame on officials

I was saddened and angry to read of Arizona Game and Fish's arrogant treatment of the jaguar when the story of his capture and subsequent euthanasia was first published.

Now to my further horror, there is evidence that magnificent cat had to suffer their intrusive procedures and die in captivity for no reason whatsoever.

Macho B was an important part of our fragile ecosystem and I believe that Game and Fish's part in eradicating this rare treasure is shameful.

Jan Peddy