Mexican authorities to investigate man who allegedly killed jaguar in northern Mexico

Mexico's environmental agency says it will ask federal prosecutors to investigate the killing of a jaguar by a man who posted photos of the dead animal on Facebook.

The agency said in a statement released Friday that the man also posted photographs of the jaguar being cooked.

The jaguar is an endangered species protected by law in Mexico.

The agency said the man who hunted and cooked the big cat in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, across the border from Texas, faces between one and nine years in prison.

Photos circulating online show two men, one in hunting clothes, holding up with one arm the partially skinned corpse of a bloodied jaguar while holding a beer in the other hand.