Another jaguar takes "selfie" with trail camera in southern Arizona

The Arizona Department of Game and Fish recently announced that the third jaguar since 2012 had been detected by a trail camera in southern Arizona.

The latest photograph was taken on November 16, 2016 by a BLM-managed trail camera in the Dos Cabezas Mountains, about 60 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. Biologists confirmed that the animal was not the same as the two jaguars previously detected.

Jaguars historically were found through much of the southern half of the U.S., but were wiped out in the 20th century. The nearest breeding population currently is in the rugged mountains of northern Sonora about 120 miles south of the border.

The discovery of another jaguar wandering into Arizona gives hope that jaguars might some day reoccupy historic habitat in the U.S. However, the threatened construction of a wall along the entire U.S./Mexican border would make that impossible.