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Updated Dec 21, 2012 - 8:58 am

2 rare spotted cats photographed in Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. — Wildlife monitoring cameras recently snapped photos of two
endangered spotted cats in mountain ranges in southern Arizona.

Images of an adult male jaguar were taken last month in the Santa Rita
Mountains, while a photo of an adult male ocelot was captured in the Huachuca
Mountains west of Sierra Vista.

Wildlife officials said both cats are extremely rare in Arizona and don’t know
how many live here.

The jaguar seen in the Santa Rita Mountains matched the spot patterns of a
jaguar that was photographed by a hunter in the Whetstone Mountains during the
fall of 2011.

Spot-pattern comparisons of the ocelot in the Huachuca Mountains showed that it
was the same cat that had been photographed in the Huachucas in 2011 and this


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