I mentioned this once before. Jaguars must have roamed the mountains in S. Arizona and N. Mexico during the days when the Apaches were strong. I dont mean mountain lions, I mean real jaguars (like those in South America and Central America). They are very powerful animals. Maybe they were rare, probably very uncommon in Arizona in the old days. But for sure, the Nde people must have known that they existed.
The last jaguar seen in California was shot near Palm Springs, sometime around the year 1930. But before that time, there must have been "bronco jaguars" [like Bronco Apaches] ... wild jaguars, individuals that just roamed and killed on their own.
This animal must exist in Apache legends. If anyone knows any stories, please share.