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Cheyenne Animal Shelter Adopting Out “Least Attractive Cat”

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Bowie may not be the prettiest cat in the world, but he apparently has a great personality.

Bowie, a 6-year-old Persian, is being hailed as Cheyenne’s least attractive cat by the Cheyenne Animal Shelter, which now is tasked with the lofty goal of adopting him out.

“Like many people, we think the smush-faced brachycephalic cats and dogs are cute. But Bowie takes it way. too. far,” the CAS wrote on social media Friday. “Bowie is more than just brachycephalic. He has a negative facial contour. Really, his face goes IN where it should go OUT.”

Additionally, the cat’s bottom jaw is crooked, but he apparently “uses that thing like a dang snake,” attempting to eat his food all at once like an anaconda.

“Except he doesn’t actually eat it all, because remember, his mouth isn’t aligned correctly. So, half of what he picks up falls all over your floor,” the animal shelter wrote. “Ever stepped on a lego? Imagine that, but millions of extra small, sharp little blocks.”

Of course, Bowie also requires special, prescription cat food that costs $60 a bag. When he eats other types of cat foods, his drool will turn his coat into a “tangle of yeasty wet cobwebs,” due to his allergies.

Even better, Bowie loves rubbing his “gross booger face” all over his person to show affection, while making “awful, wet slurping noises” every time he breathes, which is especially noticeable when he purrs.

“The gross factor intensifies each additional second you love on him. Whenever he sneezes, little drops of snot from his smushed in nose will fly out and splatter on the walls,” the animal shelter wrote. “Hopefully you like to wipe boogers off of your new pet, your clothes, your walls… because keeping up with Bowie’s secretions is a full time job.”

However, what Bowie lacks in beauty and intelligence, he makes up for by being the “sweetest kitty ever,” allowing for baths, brushes and cuddles, having the ability to win over the strongest “dog person.”

“He provides constant entertainment and laughs, and doesn’t even mind if you’re laughing at him, as long as you provide lots of love at the same time.” the animal shelter said.

We can’t confirm if Bowie is the least attractive cat in all of Wyoming, but he seems to have a lot of love to give. He is available for adoption through the animal shelter’s website.

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UW Professor Helps Identify Jaguar at U.S./Mexico Border

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

A University of Wyoming professor has helped discover a species of jaguar not seen before in the United States near the Mexican border.

An image of the jaguar was captured recently by an Arizona graduate student and suggests habitat connectivity might remain between the southwestern U.S. and the northernmost jaguar subpopulation in Sonora, Mexico, which is more than 100 miles south of the border.

Ganesh Marin, a doctoral student in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona, discovered the jaguar while reviewing footage from wildlife cameras deployed as part of a research project studying mammal diversity and movements in the borderlands region.

John Koprowski, the dean of the University of Wyoming’s Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, is Marin’s graduate adviser and professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. He is also leading the project that led to the discovery.

“This is an exciting discovery that highlights the importance of finding ways to sustain connectivity of our landscapes so that we can maintain wild and working lands in functional ecosystems today and for future generations,” Koprowski said. “The University of Wyoming and the state have a long history of working to facilitate animal movements and migration, and this new discovery, as part of a joint project by the University of Wyoming and the University of Arizona, adds to our leadership in wildlife conservation.”

In addition to jaguars, the area is rich in biodiversity and provides habitat for many other species, including ocelots, beavers and the Mexican gray wolf.

Jaguars are the largest species of big cats native to the Americas and are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

Historically, the animals occupied a continuous range extending from central Argentina to the southwestern U.S. states of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

However, since 1900, that range has decreased due primarily to human disturbance and habitat loss, and is now believed to span an area from northern Argentina to northwestern Mexico.

By 1990, jaguars were thought to have been eliminated from the United States.

Although individual cats have been observed in areas of southern Arizona and New Mexico in recent years, the jaguar observed in the project by Marin and Koprowski — dubbed “El Bonito” — is almost certainly from the Mexican Pacific subpopulation located in the Mexican state of Sonora and is the most northern jaguar reported for Mexico.

The finding indicates the need to maintain and conserve habitat connectivity and water resources on which the animals rely.

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