You said they killed a black color phase jaguar. The deputy actually shot a declawed leopard that was either a released or escaped pet. A different thing because leopards are an African species and this one was obviously an imported domesticated animal. However, jaguars are native to the America's and home ranges have been documented across the United States from east Texas through California. Maybe as far north as Colorado in the west. A true wild jaguar (not a released/escaped captive animal) in southern Missouri would be HUGE news.