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Only wild jaguar in US captured on video for first time

The jaguar is captured roaming around his home in the Santa Rita Mountains in the US Credit: Conservation Catalyst

The only known wild jaguar in the US has been captured on camera roaming in mountains in Arizona.

The big cat has been photographed in the Santa Rita Mountains, just north of the Mexican border, but has never before been captured on video.

The seven-year-old animal, known to have been living in the mountains for more than three years, was captured on a remote sensor camera outside of Tucson, Arizona.

He is one of only four or five jaguars that have been spotted in the US in the last 20 years.

Experts studying the animal say he appears to be in prime condition.

The camera project in the Santa Rita range is part of ongoing efforts to monitor mountain ranges in southeastern Arizona for endangered jaguar and ocelot, the Center for Biological Diversity said.

Watch the video footage of the jaguar below: