Groups Aim to Protect Endangered Ocelot Population

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Conservation groups sue the US Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in what they claim is an effort to protect the endangered ocelot population.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Animal Welfare Institute seek to force government agencies to change tactics that may place these endangered cats in harm’s way.

They claim ocelots may be accidentally killed by programs that kill coyotes, bears, bobcats and other wildlife.

Collete Adkins, Senior Attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity says “fortunately no ocelots have been trapped but it is a risk because these devices are indiscriminate in what they trapped. Ocelots are about the same size as bobcats and coyotes, and other predators that are targeted by wildlife services, that predator killing agency.”

Endangered Ocelot populations are found in Southern Arizona and South Texas.

Biologists estimate that there are 15 ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley.

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