Ranging from South America up to the Mexican border is a small spotted or striped wild cat known as the Ocelot. The recent death of a breeding-age Ocelot in Southern Texas, however, has wildlife officials concerned since the U.S. population of these frisky felines is down to only around 100 or fewer. The U.S. subspecies of Ocelots used to range as far as Louisiana and Arkansas, but habitat loss and the danger from highways has reduced their numbers substantially. Indeed, only 30 to 40 breeding adults now live in the lush southeastern corner of Texas on the Mexican border. So here’s hoping efforts can succeed to rescue the American version of this Latin American gato grande, or big cat.

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