A U.S. Army base in southeastern Arizona caught a wild jaguar on camera in the Huachuca Mountains, near Sierra Vista, Arizona.

They immediately contacted the Arizona Game & Fish Department, as well as the U.S. Wildlife Service and reported the encounter.

“Preliminary indications are that the cat is a male jaguar and, potentially, an individual not previously seen in Arizona,” said Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, regional director for the Southwest Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

This is pretty exciting news, especially if they determine this jaguar has never previously visited the U.S. in the past. Officials are hopeful that other jaguars will eventually join this cat traveling up from Mexico. Research shows that jaguars in southeastern Arizona are capable of traveling 500 square miles.

You can see the picture of the rare cat in the U.S. Army Fort Huachuca Facebook post:

Here is some extremely rare footage of the jaguar, captured by the Center for Biological Diversity:

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Image is a screenshot from the Center of Biologial Diversity Facebook video

  • Owen Holte

    That last cat walking around the streambed looked like a younger cat than the other 2 videos. It’s walk was way different. Maybe a different jaguar? I’m so glad to have these things back in the United States! Imagine in like 10 years when their numbers are up and you can jaguar hunting in Arizona and Texas

  • Snug

    When was this video taken ? It seems I saw it over a year ago , the cat was called El Capitan or El Jeffe and was said to be a senior aged jaguar I think . I definitely remember the stream shot .

    • Owen Holte

      It was featured on OutdoorHub in February or January of 2016 I believe. And yeah, the cat in the video is El Jeffe (Spanish for “The Boss”), guessed to be around 8 or so years old (in his prime). This video was released in December of 2015 by the Center for Biological Diversity. The stream shot just looked like a different jaguar. Maybe its just El Jeffe and he was walking funny or I was viewing him from a funky angle.

  • Lisa Messmer

    El Jefe was the one I’d seen before online. I think he was in the same area but not positive. This is supposedly a different one that him. It’s gonna be a long, long, long time before there will ever be enough jaguars to ever hunt them again.