Endangered Ocelot Killed in Auto Collision

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LOS FRESNOS, Texas (AP) An endangered ocelot being tracked by wildlife biologists in South Texas has died after apparently being hit by a vehicle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday that the male ocelot was killed on State Highway 100 between Laguna Vista and Los Fresnos on Nov. 7. The cat was one of 14 being monitored by USFWS and the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge and was fitted with a collar that contained a GPS tracking device.

According to statement from USFWS and the wildlife refuge, fewer than 50 of the cats remain in the U.S. and all are in South Texas.

It was the second documented ocelot death on the highway since 2010. The refuge had recently closed its popular Bayside Wildlife Drive loop to vehicles to further protect ocelots.

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