Recent news revealed that America’s only wild jaguar was caught roaming around the mountains.
Wednesday’s news bulletin claimed that remote sensor camera have caught a rare video of the U.S’ only living jaguar. The animal was seen few miles away from Tucson, Arizona. The footage was made public last week by nonprofits Conservation CATalyst and the Center for Biological Diversity.
The two organizations have been closely monitoring the animal which is considered an endangered species since 2011. Chris Bugbee, biologist at the CATalyst Conservation, announced is very difficult to keep conduct any research on the jaguar due to its elusiveness.
Jaguars are seen as am endangered species since 1972. Experts said these animals were commonly seen in mountain ranges in California and Louisiana in the 19th century. However, hunting and farming diminished their number and habitats.
Moreover, in the last 20 years there were only five jaguars that were photographed in Arizona, including this one. The U.S Fish and Wildlife Services said they know the animal by the name of ‘jaguar of Santa Rita’ because the place is said to have a denser population of jaguars.
However, its nickname is El Jefe which means ‘the boss’. Children who are part of the Center for Biological Diversity’s conservation programs were the ones who gave the animal this nickname last fall. The first video evidence of the wild cat was taken five years ago when El Jefe was almost caught in a trap by a hunter and his dogs.
Representatives claimed the hunter photographed the animal and then went in a safer spot in order to watch it. Afterwards, the photos were sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Center. Since then there hasn’t been other footage materials of the endangered jaguar.
At the moment, El Jefe is considered to have traveled about 130 miles south to Arizona on its own. This new footage will help conservationists to find more about the animal’s health in order to protect it. It appears the Tucson region is a suitable location for the jaguar to make a new habitat.
Moreover, experts’ hope is that El Jefe might be given the chance to increase its population. It seems that south of the border there is a breeding population of jaguars which might become El Jefe’s new family. The fact that America’s only wild jaguar was caught roaming around might give more insight to those who plan on spending time doing research over this species.
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