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  • Jaguarundi have been found in Florida as well, thought to have been raised as pets by natives to keep rodent populationss down in their villages. (One was seen in my neighbor's backyard about two months ago in Punta Gorda, FL)
  • An addition to this not mentioned in this text anywhere is that they have been seen in southern Arizona. I have seen one my self In the Pajarito Mountains which come up into southern Arizona from Mexico. (added by Kevin Rigg) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

For an interesting read and list of sightings about jaguarundi in FL (although old) read On the Trail of the Jaguarondi by Wilfred Neill, Florida Wildlife, July 1961. Personally, I've heard many supposed sightings, but I think they are cats, mink, or otters. It's possible that a captive escapes not an again, but I don't believe there is a breeding population. As the FWC article above says, at least one would get hit on the road now and again. --Paddling bear 21:34, 5 September 2007 (UTC)


WikiCats: I've raised this to B-class, since subheaders, and several citations, have been added since it was rated at Start-class, making for a well laid out and informative article, but still falling short of GA status. Anaxial 20:59, 27 August 2007 (UTC)


I have Wild Cats of the World, 2002, which states jaguarundi is debated between Herpailurus and Felis, but no mention of Puma. I wanted someone to check that citation, are we sure it's now Puma? Even though genetics suggest they split from that lineage, it doesn't mean they are in Puma. I think the right side bar with taxonomy should go with accepted name until a new one is accepted, so while there is debate, side bar should say Herpailurus as my book does. Thanks, [User:Paddling bear|Paddling bear]] 21:41, 5 September 2007 (UTC)

No response yet, but either we need a citation for the paragraph saying they are in genus puma or I edit it back. An article that says genetic research finds that puma and jaguarundi are related doesn't mean that the accepted binomial name was changed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Paddling bear (talkcontribs) 16:57, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Wozencraft, W.C. (2005). "Order Carnivora". In Wilson, D.E.; Reeder, D.M. Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference (3rd ed.). Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 545. ISBN 978-0-8018-8221-0. OCLC 62265494.  is more recent and is the canonical listing of mammalian taxonomy. - UtherSRG (talk) 18:25, 18 January 2008 (UTC)
While the living jaguarundi and puma do indeed form a clade; this neglects the fact that Puma concolor and Miracinonyx form a clade judging by morphological and molecular evidence. "Puma" yaguarondi is thus invalid on grounds of being paraphyletic.
Barnett, Ross et al. 2005. Evolution of the extinct Sabretooths and the American cheetah-like cat. Current Biology. Volume 15, Issue 15 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:32, 9 February 2008 (UTC)
A single paper does not invalidate canon. It must be accepted by other biologists. Until a secondary source adopts this overturning, then canon stands. - UtherSRG (talk) 16:17, 9 February 2008 (UTC)

"Etymology and naming" section[edit]

Contains no etymology for either "jaguarundi" or "eyra". Tomertalk 00:36, 16 June 2008 (UTC)

Threatened Species?[edit]

i believe something is wrong here. if you look at the spanish version of this page you will see this animal is endangered and here it says "least concern". which one is correct? Please can someone figure it out? Nov. 2008

  • I looked it up on google and found 5+ websites that say it's endangered, and none say it's not. So, yes, it's endangered.
    • However, the only website that counts is that of the IUCN, which is the official body for deciding whether animals are endangered or not. They say (in a link provided in the article) that the jauguarundi is of "Least Concern", and not endangered (nor has it ever been endangered). Individual subspecies, for example on islands, may well be endangered, but the species as a whole is not, and the article is about the species - although information on the status of subspecies can certainly be added. It may also be that other, local, bodies classify the animal as "endangered", in which case that should be added to the text on conservation, with sources to the bodies concerned. However, requests that the official international status be changed would need to be addressed to the IUCN, not us, because wikipedia can only report on what the publications actually say. Anaxial (talk) 16:03, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

contradiction between text and image[edit]

The lead says "The coat is unspotted, uniform in color" but the image right next to those words would seem to indicate otherwise. So, either the text is wrong or the photo is not a Jaguarundi. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:17, 21 June 2009 (UTC)

An Eyra, from the Mivart's 1881[edit]

The final illustration in this article appears to be a tayra (Eira barbara) or tolomuco, a kind of weasel. See

Mark Iannone —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:07, 2 December 2010 (UTC)

  • I suspect you're right, and even if not, it certainly isn't a very good picture of a jaguarundi, since the proportions are all wrong. So I've removed it from the article. Anaxial (talk) 16:19, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

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Leo1pard (talk) 17:54, 22 January 2018 (UTC)


Things have been changed. Now the jaguarundi is considered to belong to a genus of its own, that is Herpailurus, and as of 2017, the Cat Classification Taskforce of the Cat Specialist Group does not recognise any subspecies of jaguarondi.[1] Leo1pard (talk) 17:54, 22 January 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ Kitchener, A.C.; Breitenmoser-Würsten, C.; Eizirik, E.; Gentry, A.; Werdelin, L.; Wilting, A. & Yamaguchi, N. (2017). "A revised taxonomy of the Felidae: The final report of the Cat Classification Task Force of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group" (PDF). Cat News. Special Issue 11.