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El Jefe: Missing in action

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El Jefe, Tucson’s lone male jaguar, caught the attention of Arizonans while residing in a tree in Southeastern Arizona. For three years, pictures from trail cameras flooded conservationists’ computers and proved that El Jefe had created his home in the Santa Rita Mountains. It’s been a year since trail cameras caught footage of the wandering jaguar, and the news is not good. El Jefe is missing. It began in 2011 when hunting guide Donnie Fenn and his hunting dogs spotted and captured a picture of a jaguar while searching for mountain lions. Since then, conservationists and volunteers have been working to conserve El Jefe and his habitat in hopes of repopulating the species in the United States. A government-funded research project held by the University of Arizona placed trail cameras in remote locations in the mountains and accepted trained volunteers...

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