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Wild Animals/jaguarundi sighting in Northern Virginia


Not so much a question as a comment. I read your article "Wild Animals/black cat in Virginia" and would like to add a comment.
I sighted a Jaguarundi on July 16, 2013 about 6:30 PM in Warren County, Virginia at location 3854'44.07" N, 78 7'39.58" W. It was full daylight, I was parked in my car when the animal came out of the dense woods, crossed the road 10 yards ahead of me, stopped and looked in my direction. The first thing I notices was its peculiar gate, long body and tail, chestnut color, and round face. It may have been wild, however there are several zoos in the region, including the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. I can provide more information if you are interested.

Dear Rick

Thank you for your information. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used. and other websites didn't list jaguarundis in Virginia. As I have said in earlier questions, wild animals do not recognise state boundaries and there is no reason why jaguarundis shouldn't access Virginia, even though one website said that the species is showing a contraction of its range. It does seem that you have seen a jaguarundi.

I suggest that you send your details to Cougar Quest - Virginia ( The website includes reports of large, black, cougar-like cats and it is a possibility that some of the people may have seen jaguarundis, as there seem to be no verified cases of black cougars in the USA.

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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


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