Only Known Wild Jaguar In US Caught On Camera

Posted: Feb 5 2016, 11:56pm CST | by , Updated: Feb 5 2016, 11:58pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

 
Only Known Wild Jaguar in US Caught on Camera
Credit: Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity

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The video provides rare glimpses of probably last and only known wild jaguar in United States

This is not just another big cat roaming in the Santa Rite near Tucson, Arizona. It’s a video of probably last and only known wild jaguar in United States.

The video was captured using remote censor cameras and provide rare glimpses of one of the most charismatic creatures of the nature; in fact, it is the first ever footage of the endangered jaguars and it is being released by Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity.

“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 at Conservation CATalyst said.

The video shows a male adult jaguar, named El Jefe, lurking through a mountain range, walking upland creek and providing an exclusive insight into animal’s secretive life.

“These glimpses into his behavior offer the keys to unlocking the mysteries of these cryptic cats,” said Aletris Neils, executive director of Conservation CATalyst. “We are able to determine he is an adult male jaguar, currently in prime condition. Every new piece of information is important for conserving northern jaguars and we look forward to building upon on these data so that we can collectively make better decisions on how to manage these fascinating and endangered cats.”

Researchers have been tracking “El Jefe” in rugged mountains for the past three years and finally they have managed to release the video of this only verified jaguar in United States since Macho B was euthanized in March 2009 after sustaining injuries.

Jaguar is the largest cat after tiger and lions. The big cats once lived throughout the Southwestern United States and across much of Central America but majority of them have disappeared from U.S. range over the past 150 years. The main reason is habitat loss due to which thousands of acres of jaguar’s territory have been destroyed.

Conservation CATalyst is monitoring jaguar and ocelot in mountain ranges of southeastern Arizona and is aiming to protect and harbor both those critically endangered species.

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