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Reporting An Ocelot Sighting
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Reporting An Ocelot Sighting
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is asking for the public's assistance in the recovery of the ocelot, a highly endangered wild cat found in deep South Texas. FWS is the lead agency responsible for the recovery of this species and works with many partners, public and private, to ensure this beautiful cat will grace the Texas landscape for generations to come.

What to do if you do see an ocelot (dead or alive)

Please immediately call any of the following phone numbers.
Law Enforcement Dispatch: (956)784-7608 or 7520
After Hours Law Enforcement Dispatch: (956)874-4664
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: (956)748-3607
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge: (956)784-7500

Provide important information
, including your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The location, time and type of sighting (dead or alive). Identifying marks that confirm it was an ocelot and not a bobcat (Click Here for the difference between a bobcat and an ocelot). Directions to the location and details of the site.

If you find a dead ocelot, please stay with the carcass if you can until FWS arrives. If you are not able to stay, please photograph the carcass and move off the road so that it is not visible to passersby. Be sure to let FWS know exactly where to find the carcass so they can retrieve it and collect important information such as internal tags and genetic information.

Click here for Why Save Endangered Species brochure

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