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Five photos of the first jaguar seen freely roaming U.S. soil since 2009 were published on Thursday by the Arizona Daily Star. The adult male jaguar was spotted in the Santa Rita Mountains, southeast of Tucson, by cameras set up by the University of Arizona on behalf of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last fall. The big cat, which has been on the endangered species list since 1997, has shown up in photos on half a dozen separate occasions since September.
According to a December press release on the federally-funded tracking project, the photos were captured using motion-sensor-activated trail cameras positioned in areas where the big cat was believed to be located. The federal agency began tracking the jaguar last fall after a hunter snapped a picture of what is believed to be the animal’s tail last September. The last known jaguar seen in the wild in the United States, a male cat known as Macho B, died in Arizona at an estimated age of 16 in 2009, according to the New York Times.