BEACON TRANSCRIPT – If you thought that Big Foot is considered is the most elusive creature, then you might want to reconsider after hearing about El Jefe. North America’s only known jaguar was caught on tape, after three year worth of efforts to track down the elusive big cat.
It would seem that bobcats and wildcats aren’t the only species of wildcats found in Northern America. Quite recently, Conservation CATalyst, an NGO whose mandate is to track down and conserve endangered felines, has released a jaw-dropping footage about North America’s only known wild jaguar.
The cat’s was named El Jefe, and, according to the footage the feline is a male and he seems to be in prime condition. The volunteers working for Conservation CATalyst were able to tape the elusive big cat after three year worth of efforts. El Jefe was tracked down using a state-of-the-art sensor camera.
Up until now, this seems to be the only piece of evidence pointing towards the jaguar lingering presences on the North American continent. Researchers had every reason to believe that the elegant, yet deadly stalker went extinct after Macho B, another wild feline was euthanized back in 2008. The vets decided to put down the big feline after he sustained massive injuries.
Things remained unchanged until the volunteers working for the NGO managed to release the footage on El Jefe, another male jaguar, rumored to be the last living wild jaguar.
Aletris Neils, the executive director of the NGO said that the society was able to confirm that there is still one more jaguar out there. The executive director also declared that this footage calls for more research in the area of preservation and management of wildcats.
According to the NGO, the jaguar used to roam the southwestern part of the United States and a large area of Central America 150 years ago. But the jaguar population began to thin out due to massive logging and illegal harvesting. Moreover, according to the NGO’s estimates, since logging-related activities began, the wildcats lost thousands of acres of territory, a fact which ultimately led to the big cat’s demise.
But wildlife enthusiasts can now rejoice because North America’s only known jaguar was caught on tape by Conservation CATalyst, a North American-based NGO, whose mandate is to protect and conserve endangered species like the jaguar. Furthermore, the NGO has even taken ample steps in order to ensure the safety of the ocelot population found in the southeastern part of Arizona.
Maybe with more effort, the NGO may soon discover that El Jefe isn’t the last of the Mohicans after all.