This video from the USa says about itself:
In this new edition of Big Cat Rescue’s species spotlight we take a look at the ocelot.
From Wildlife Extra:
First ever record of Ocelot from Arizona
Rare tropical wild cat found alive in Arizona:
April 2010. Remote cameras have captured an image of an ocelot, a rare tropical cat, in Arizona, according to Sky Island Alliance, a Tucson-based regional conservation organization.
Sky Island Alliance sets remote cameras to unobtrusively observe wildlife and assess wildlife corridors in Arizona’s Sky Island region. One of the most remote cameras was recently checked for the first time for several months, and was found to have an image of the ocelot.
First Arizona record
This remarkable photograph is the first verifiable record of this elusive wild feline alive in Arizona. Although a small number of ocelots live in south Texas, ocelots have never before been recorded alive in Arizona. Additionally, this record from Arizona places ocelots over 200 miles north in latitude from where they are found in Texas.
About the Ocelot
These medium-sized tropical cats have long tails and agile bodies, weighing about 35 pounds. Their tan-brown fur is darkly spotted with distinguishing parallel black stripes on the forehead, neck and shoulder. Ocelots mostly hunt at night and eat small rodents, birds and lizards. The ocelot was listed in the U.S. as a federally endangered species in 1982. Fossil records of ocelots in Arizona date back 10,000 years, but more recent historic records are rare and primarily evidenced by pelts.
“We now know that these incredibly rare cats are here with us, can co-exist with us, and have done so right under our noses,” said Sky Island Alliance biologist Jessica Lamberton. “That an ocelot is here in Arizona tells us that the habitat is healthy, and the connection between healthy landscapes is still a possibility for ocelots and other species.”
About the Sky Islands
The Sky Island region of southwest United States and northwest Mexico is comprised of mountain “islands” separated by desert and grassland valleys. This biologically diverse region is a unique blend of temperate and tropical biological zones and species. The Sky Islands are home to four of the world’s 32 species of wild cats – jaguar, puma, bobcat and ocelot.
After learning about the news, Dan Shepherd, Director of the Witness for Wildlife program stated that “This is what our program is all about – by engaging conservation professionals and citizen naturalists, together we can provide field data, like these ocelot images, that are critical to helping protect and reconnect wild landscapes giving wildlife and people the freedom to roam.”
Sky Island Alliance has documented ocelots in northern Sonora, Mexico for the last three years in partnership with a local rancher, and in January 2010 successfully photographed a jaguar in the same area. Although politically divided by an international boundary, this area is biologically connected to the region in the U.S. where the Arizona ocelot has been discovered. For ocelots to continue to live in the Sky Island region, wildlife migration corridors that link important habitat areas between Mexico and the United States must be protected.
February 2011. Arizona Game and Fish Department officials report that a rare ocelot has been seen and photographed in the Huachuca Mountains in southern Arizona: here.
March 2012. The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced a highly probable, but not verifiable, sighting of a rare ocelot in Arizona: here.
ScienceDaily (July 12, 2011) — Current and proposed border fences between the United States and Mexico pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin shows: here.
House GOP Wants to Waive Environmental Laws on US Borders. Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers: “In a move aimed at improving national security, House Republicans want to give the U.S. Border Patrol unprecedented authority to ignore 36 environmental laws on federal land in a 100-mile zone stretching along the Canadian and Mexican borders. If the legislation is approved, the Border Patrol would not have to comply with the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Air Act, the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Solid Waste Disposal Act and 32 other federal laws in such popular places as Olympic National Park, Glacier Park, the Great Lakes and the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area”: here.