A Jaguar Exists In The Santa Rita Mountains of Arizona Known As El Jefe (The Boss)

The Only Known Jaguar In The United States Is El Jefe

In 2011, a rancher spots what he thinks is a Jaguar and sure enough, it was.  El Jefe has been spotted, tracked and photographed on numerous occasions and is the center of controversy for the preservation of one Jaguar.  There is no known mate and because of the U.S. Mexican border, the prospects of El Jefe finding a female is slim to none.  This is primarily because the range for this animal lies primarily in Mexico and South America.  But for the Endangered Species “Left”, this is not acceptable and it’s likely these “green” groups will spend millions on an animal that shouldn’t be here in the first place.  The acceptable solution would be to capture this Jaguar and move him back to South America where he belongs.  The possibility there will be more to migrate is good (the CBD reports up to three), but the cost to maintain these animals is expensive and for sure, will be on going.



Jaguar RangeEl Jefe is an adult, male Arizonan jaguar. It was first recorded in in November 2011, and is living in the Santa Rita Mountains. From November 2011 to November 2016, El Jefe was the only wild jaguar verified to live in the United States. Its name, which means The Boss in Spanish, was chosen by students of the Felizardo Valencia Middle School of Tucson, in a contest organized by the non-profit conservation group Center for Biological Diversity in November 2015 and has been used frequently by conservation groups and media. However, several researchers involved in its monitoring prefer to call it simply the Santa Ritas jaguar.  The CBD now reports there are three know Jaguars in Arizona.

El Jefe was first sighted by cougar hunter and guide Donnie Fenn, along with his 10 year-old daughter, in the Whetstone Mountains on Saturday, 19 November 2011. His hunting dogs chased the animal until it climbed a tree, at which point he took several pictures of it and left to call state wildlife officials. In a news conference organized by the Arizona Game and Fish Department the following Tuesday, Fenn stated that the jaguar, an adult male, climbed down the tree and was chased up a second tree after it had injured some of the dogs in its retreat. The hunter pulled his dogs away, and left the scene. The pictures represent the first evidence of the existence of a wild jaguar in the United States since the death of Macho B in 2009.  Several news outlets ran the photos with an article but a video, said to have been taken at the scene, is not publicly available.