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New images of wild jaguar captured in southern Arizona

TUCSON – New images were released Friday of one of the wild jaguars roaming southern Arizona.

Sombra, the jaguar named by students at Paulo Freire Freedom School, was first seen wandering into the Grand Canyon State from Mexico in Nov. 2016. The giant feline was recently spotted, prompting the U.S. Fish and Wild Service to release new photos of the male jaguar.

Sombra is one of three male jaguars observed wandering around southern Arizona since 2015.

El Jefe and Yo’oko are the other two jaguars who were seen.  Yo’oko was killed in 2018 after he was caught in a mountain lion hunter’s trap in Mexico. El Jefe is believed to have traveled back into Mexico in search of a mate.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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