Video: Only jaguar in US spotted in camera trap

Jaguars — the third largest cats in the world — have been disappearing in the United States in the past 150 years. But just this month, a camera trap caught what is believed to be the only known wild jaguar in the country, in the Santa Rita Mountains about 25 miles from Tucson, Ariz. While there is potential for a mining project to threaten the habitat of this solitary male cat, scientists hope to conserve its habitat in order to study the elusive species. Watch the camera trap footage of the jaguar nicknamed “El Jefe” here.

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