A wild jaguar in the United States? There's video of one in Arizona

Rare wild jaguar spotted living in U.S.
Rare wild jaguar spotted living in U.S.

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  • A wild jaguar -- the only one known in the United States -- is roaming not far from Tucson, Arizona
  • The Center for Biological Diversity posted a video of the large cat

(CNN)Among the large roaring cats roaming the Earth, the jaguar is the only one native to North and South America.

One elusive wild jaguar has been captured in video in the Santa Rita Mountains just outside Tucson, Arizona.
    "Studying these elusive cats anywhere is extremely difficult, but following the only known individual in the U.S. is especially challenging," Chris Bugbee, a biologist with Conservation CATalyst, said in a news release by the Center for Biological Diversity, which placed the video on their Facebook page.
    "We use our specially trained scat detection dog and spent three years tracking in rugged mountains, collecting data and refining camera sites; these videos represent the peak of our efforts."
    Remote sensor cameras were set up in these mountain ranges to look for endangered animals like this one.
    "Just knowing that this amazing cat is right out there, just 25 miles from downtown Tucson, is a big thrill," Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center, said in the news release.
    El Jefe, as he is known in Tucson, has been photographed repeatedly over the past few years by remote sensor cameras in the Santa Ritas, the news release said. El Jefe means "the boss" in Spanish.
    "El Jefe has been living more or less in our backyard for more than three years now. It's our job to make sure that his home is protected and he can get what he needs to survive."

    Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity released new video today of the only known wild jaguar currently in the United States.Captured on remote sensor cameras in the Santa Rita Mountains just outside of Tucson, the dramatic footage provides a glimpse of the secretive life of one of nature's most majestic and charismatic creatures. This is the first-ever publicly released video of the #jaguar, recently named 'El Jefe' by Tucson students, and it comes at a critical point in this cat's conservation. Learn more here: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2016/jaguar-02-03-2016.html

    Posted by Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday, February 3, 2016