A new jaguar has been documented to exist in Southern Arizona — the second in the past four months and the third since 2011.
It’s the seventh jaguar documented to have been in the Southwest since 1996, after only one was known to occur in this region in the previous 20 years.
The jaguar was photographed on Nov. 16 in the Dos Cabezas Mountains in Cochise County, about 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexican border, Arizona Game and Fish officials said in a news release Thursday morning. The jaguar’s sex couldn’t be determined by the photo, taken on a U.S. Bureau of Land Management-owned trail camera, Game and Fish said.
The photo was only recently retrieved and is the only jaguar photo the BLM camera has taken since the agency installed it last August, Game and Fish said.