Scientists confirm jaguar sighting near Tucson
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona Game and Fish Department officials said outside experts agree with state biologists that a hunter's trail camera captured an image of a jaguar in September.
Eric Gardner of Game and Fish said in a statement Friday that state and outside experts examining the photo looked at spot patterns and the animal's size in comparison to nearby vegetation to conclude it was an endangered jaguar.
The photo was taken late last month southeast of Tucson but only shows the animal's tail and a small part of its hindquarters.
The last confirmed jaguar sighting in Arizona was last November and also southeast of Tucson. A hunter's dogs treed the animal and he took photographs before leaving.
Four of the last five confirmed sightings in Arizona have been reported by hunters.