BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A concern for the endangered ocelot. According to a recent federal evaluation of the largest Liquefied Natural Gas facility planning to settle at the Port of Brownsville, the LNG project is “likely to adversely affect the ocelot and the Gulf Coast jaguarundi”.
The report also claims a loss of habitat and potential increase on vehicle traffic during construction could lead to high death counts for the native cat.
Hillary Swarts, Wildlife Biologist – USFWS, “We estimate that there are 80 or fewer ocelots in the Rio Grande Valley. That is a really small population number. A lot of our work is again based on creating conditions that would help that population grow over time.
The ocelot is only found in south Texas and parts of Arizona. One of the biggest dangers ocelots face today is death by vehicle strike.