TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- New photos show that a rare male jaguar has been roaming the Santa Rita Mountains' eastern flank for at least nine months.
The Arizona Daily Star reports that remote cameras have photographed the big cat in five locations on seven occasions since October. Photos were provided to the Star this week by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
Federally-financed remote cameras photographed the jaguar west of the proposed Rosemont Mine site in the mountains southeast of Tucson.
This is the only jaguar known to live in the United States since the 15-year-old known as Macho B died in Arizona in March 2009.
The photographs come as federal wildlife officials consider designating more than 1,300 square miles in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the jaguar.