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AZ Game Suspends Employee

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AZ jaguar macho bThe Arizona Game and Fish Department yesterday formally placed one of its employees on administrative leave with pay as a result of an interim finding in the department’s ongoing internal administrative investigation into the events surrounding last year’s capture of the jaguar known as Macho B.

The department took this action based on statements made by the employee during the course of the internal investigation, bringing about a need to consider taking administrative action to resolve concerns raised by the statements.

Under state personnel rules, placing an employee on paid administrative leave relieves the employee of duties, pending a determination on what final administrative action may be taken.

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Arizona Game and Fish corrects inaccuracies in NPR jaguar story

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Macho B is the jaguar captured by AZ Game and FishPlease refer to an updated article, "Suspect in AZ Jaguar B Incident Pleads Guilty to Endangered Species Violations" where the AZ Game & Fish Department contractor Emil McCain admitted guilty to charges in this case later on in the year, and the subsequent findings of involvement by many levels of supervisors. Arizonans may have heard a story on National Public Radio this morning (Feb. 10) that includes some factual errors regarding a recent U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General (IG) report about the capture and handling of the jaguar known as Macho B. “If you listened to this morning’s NPR report and you think you know the story of Macho B, you’ve been misled,” said Gary Hovatter, deputy director of the Arizona Game and Fish Department (Department).

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Lions and Tigers and Bears. Oh My!

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In Atlanta, GA three unlikely friends were rescued when they were just cubs from drug barons after bust.

Baloo the Bear, Leo the Lion and Shere Khan the Tiger, have formed a lifelong friendship, as unlikely as it may be. Now the two 350 cats and 1,000 lbs bear share an enclosure at Noah's Ark Animal Rescue. After living with the Zoo's founders for the past eight years, the unlikely trio has been moved to a large outdoor enclosure, complete with a huge clubhouse where they can relax and cuddle. "We could have separated them, but since they came as a kind of family, the zoo decided to keep them together," said Diane Smith, assistant director of the Noah's Ark zoo.

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