2 rare spotted cats photographed in Southern Arizona

TUCSON, AZ - 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 say both cats are extremely rare in Arizona, but 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 year.

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