After the 1960s, there were no known female jaguars left in the U.S. The International Union for Conservation of Nature currently lists the species as near-threatened.
Conservationists used dogs to determine where to strategically place sensory cameras.
"We use our specially trained scat detection dogs and spent three years tracking in rugged mountains, collecting data and refining camera sites," Chris Bugbee, a biologist with Conservation CATalyst, said in the release. "These videos represent the peak of our efforts.”
“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. "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."
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