Earlier this month, a student project led by Dean Goehring produced new photographs of the only known jaguar in the United States.
Goehring, who is studying Environmental Science at Prescott College, placed camera traps in the Madrean Sky Islands. One of these traps was placed near a carcass (the original article does not say which species), and this is the one that captured the new images.
This jaguar has been sighted in Arizona since 2011 or 2012, depending on which source one believes. He benefits from the recently designated critical habitat in Arizona and New Mexico, although this habitat is under threat from a proposed copper mine.
Curiously, despite this jaguar’s long stay in the United States, he does not yet have a name. The Center for Biological Diversity is currently running a contest to remedy this problem. By following this link, you can help name the Arizona jaguar. You can vote for one of five proposed monikers, or write in your own. I highly recommend you write in El Tigre, which is what Panthera onca has long been called in the US-Mexico borderlands. It would literally mean the jaguar, which would be highly appropriate for the only confirmed jaguar in the US.