A jaguar was photographed by a remote camera in the Santa Rita Mountains last week. It’s the latest of several photos of the same male jaguar that has been roaming the range south of Tucson since at least last year.
“This most recent photo was taken on Sept. 11,” said Jeff Humphrey, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It’s the same animal that has been photographed there before, but this is the nicest pose that he’s given us so far.”
Humphrey said wildlife officers have concluded it’s the same animal appearing in the photos based on comparisons of its spots.
He declined to specify the site in the Santa Ritas where the picture was taken of the jaguar, which is listed as an endangered species.
Officers have no estimate on the jaguar’s age because it hasn’t been captured and examined, Humphrey said.