Jaguar Spotted in Mountains South of Tucson

Just-released video footage shows a jaguar walking through the brush of the Santa Rita Mountains and climbing over rocks along a flowing stream. Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity released the 40-second video yesterday, saying the jaguar is the only known one of its kind living in the wild in the United States. Even though the male jaguar has been photographed dozens of times since 2013, this is the first video of the cat.

The Center for Biological Diversity says a remote camera shot the video on separate days three to four months ago. The camera project is part of ongoing efforts to monitor mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona for endangered jaguars and ocelots. The animal was given the name "El Jefe," or "The Boss" by Valencia Middle School students, whose mascot is a jaguar.

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