Are there jaguarundi in Florida?

Jaguarundi
Jaguarundi by Jindřich Pavelka
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Officially, there are no jaguarundi in Florida as the map below shows:

Jaguarundi distribution
Jaguarundi distribution per IUCN Red List as at Dec 2014 (latest information available).

Anecdotally, you will hear about sightings of jaguarundi in Florida from time to time. Perhaps there are some in this sunny state because they were released from a private zoo.

These are the countries at 2014 (the latest information available) where this small wild cat is found:

Argentina; Belize; Bolivia, Plurinational States of; Brazil; Colombia; Costa Rica; Ecuador; El Salvador; French Guiana; Guatemala; Guyana; Honduras; Mexico; Nicaragua; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Suriname; Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of.

That’s about all I can say on the matter if I stick to answering the question.

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4 thoughts on “Are there jaguarundi in Florida?”

  1. About 20 years ago my wife and I were hiking somewhere in the Apalacicola National Forest, I think it was near Tate’s Hell when we were shocked to see a jaguarundi. Got a good look and I know this cat well because I used to see them from time to time in the jungle near Iquitos Peru, while leading Amazon safaris for Bon Voyage Travel. We just figured it must be an excaped pet or zoo release. It doesn’t seem possbile a breeding population could exist undetected so long this far from its normal range. Can anybody produce a picture?

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