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Only known wild jaguar in US caught on film

Posted on Thursday, 4 February, 2016 | Comment icon 42 comments

The name El Jefe means 'The Boss' in Spanish. Image Credit: YouTube / Conservation CATalyst
The solitary feline, who has been nicknamed El Jefe, was picked up on camera in the Santa Rica Mountains.
Once a common sight across the Southwestern United States, jaguars were driven to the point of extinction back in the 1960s and have now all but disappeared from the wilds of America.

Only around four of five individuals have been spotted in the last 20 years, but now a sole survivor by the name of El Jefe has made a rare appearance on recently recorded trail camera footage.

The majestic animal, which is thought to have been living in mountains north of the Mexican border for over three years, is the only known wild jaguar in the entire United States.

Source: Sky News | Comments (42)

Tags: Jaguar, Cat

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #33 Posted by Hawkin on 7 February, 2016, 3:49
The Jaguar was known roaming in Arizona by biologist for some years but just now went public. IF a Bigfoot was confirmed to exist (if it doesn't already) I bet it would be kept discreet for a long time to protect it from Poachers. It might not have been a good idea to confirm a Jaguar is roaming Arizona.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Sakari on 7 February, 2016, 3:53
Boo hooooo.......Just means less Deer and Elk tags for us people to go kill, leaving enough for them to eat also. And, that is after a long period, as Predators get the weak, injured, and sick first............Please watch below video about reintroduction, and how it helped the entire eco-system.
Comment icon #35 Posted by a vampire wears my boxers on 8 February, 2016, 2:33
hahaha my wife lived in australia for 8 years or so and told me about drop bears! she told her mom about them and poor maw-in-law believed it! drop out of a branch and EAT YOUR BRAINS!!! hahahaha but seriously i think even the grass in australia can kill you
Comment icon #36 Posted by qxcontinuum on 8 February, 2016, 5:19
well i've literally heard that boredom kills faster than everything in Ausies land.
Comment icon #37 Posted by psyche101 on 8 February, 2016, 5:37
Yeah, but let's face it, everything you post is refuted. Logan Golf Course - Bull Sharks. Yeah, BULL sharks on a golf course. Boredom? Don't make me laugh, I can tell that you have NEVER been here, we don't get time to get bored.
Comment icon #38 Posted by psyche101 on 8 February, 2016, 5:38
Bigfoot's sole diet is Jaguar, that is why he is dying out didn't you know. Hey, if you can make up a beast........
Comment icon #39 Posted by psyche101 on 8 February, 2016, 5:41
Nectar of the God's it is. AND The world's only edible axle grease!! Who wouldn't love that! I am with you, I love the stuff Fresh toast with butter and Vegemite melting into it - does it get better?
Comment icon #40 Posted by psyche101 on 8 February, 2016, 5:55
1275 species, I think they messed up the quote........ Yeah, of course - thylarctos plummetus The Australian Museum in Sydney actually has a humorous display on drop bears Ohh, she means the big uns' too..... LOL, best tell her about hoop snakes, the drop bears only natural predator. Or if she runs around in a circle really fast three times, the drop bear will become disorientated and fall over in a daze - you can tell her an Aussie told you of that little trick And there is ALWAYS smearing vegemite on yourself, making sure to get behind the ears. I wonder if she reads Australian Ge... [More]
Comment icon #41 Posted by Ghostdancer on 11 February, 2016, 12:12
In the Santa Ritas, I do a lot of hiking there, at Madera Canyon.

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