http://tucson.com/news/local/does-photo ... b69fe.htmlA photograph of a jaguar taken by a Fort Huachuca trail camera in the Huachuca Mountains might show a jaguar not previously seen in Arizona, state and federal wildlife officials said today.
“Preliminary indications are that the cat is a male jaguar and, potentially, an individual not previously seen in Arizona,” Benjamin Tuggle, regional director for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a news release. “We are working with the Arizona Game and Fish Department to determine if this sighting represents a new individual jaguar.”
Exciting news, if true. Just don't let the incompetents at AZGFD anywhere near this thing.
On a related note, I read somewhere recently that it's unlikely that a female jaguar will show up in Arizona anytime soon, as they don't travel as far as the males do. So, if we want to have a breeding population in the near future, we'll probably have to introduce females. (Can't recall where I read this--maybe a scientific paper.)