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Third jaguar of year found dead outside Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos, Q.R. — Wildlife officials are investigating the death of another jaguar found along the Ruta de los Cenotes.

The animal was discovered Sunday by members of civil organizations who say the body of the jaguar was mutilated. Photos of the animal were uploaded to social media Monday, causing public outrage.

The Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection went to the site along with members of the Environmental Monitoring Committee. They found the body at Kilometer 11.5 where they confirmed that the animal was hit by a car July 15. They say the animal was a young female.

They reported that after a physical examination, the animal had been mutilated with the head and tail removed.

Authorities do not know who is responsible for the death of the cat, which is the third in the state so far this year.