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AZ Game & Fish confirms jaguar spotted in Chiricahua Mountains is male

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UPDATE -- The Arizona Game and Fish Department confirmed Sombra is indeed a male. The jaguar's sex could not be determined when first spotted roaming the Dos Cabezas Mountains in November 2016. 

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A jaguar has been spotted in the Chiricahua Mountains of Southern Arizona.

The Center for Biological Diversity released video Thursday of a wild male jaguar named “Sombra” by students of the Paolo Freire Freedom School in Tucson, according to a news release from the Center for Biological Diversity.

The big cat, seen on cameras this summer, appears to be the same jaguar photographed in the nearby Dos Cabezas Mountains in November.

Individual jaguars’ spot patterns are unique, and biologists have compared the photographic evidence to determine that this is the same cat photographed last year by a camera maintained by the Bureau of Land Management, according to the release.

“The really exciting part of all this is that we don’t know yet what sex Sombra is,” said Randy Serraglio, conservation advocate with the Center. “The possibility that it may be a female gives us a lot of hope that jaguars might jump-start their recovery in a region they’ve called home for thousands of years.”

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