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Ocelot using wildlife corridor captured on camera in Cameron County

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Ocelot using wildlife corridor in Cameron County (Source: TxDOT/ USFWS)

An ocelot using one of the wildlife crossings in Cameron County was captured on camera on Jan. 25.

According to a press release, the 5-year-old male, known as OM 331, used the crossing under FM 106 to cross from north to south. This is one of the eight crossings that lead to the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

The crossings structures allow animals to cross human-made barriers safely and include underpass tunnels, viaducts and overpasses.

The release states ocelots are endangered and have a reported estimated population of 80 left in South Texas.

The project to build the eight underpass crossings on FM 106 started in November 2015 and was completed in July 2019, said the release.

Other animals, such as armadillos, javelinas, bobcats, long-tailed weasels, alligators and tortoises have used the underpass, however, officials said in the release this is the first documented use of an ocelot using an underpass crossing in the United States.

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