Rare wild ocelot spotted on South Texas wildlife refuge

Rare wild ocelot spotted on South Texas wildlife refuge

Hidden away between Brownsville and Port Isabel is the habitat of rare ocelots, small wild cats which are native to Texas.  Spotted on camera trap photos is a new male ocelot arrival at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

The young male, identified as OM344, was first detected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service remote cameras on March 29.

"The sighting of a new ocelot at Laguna Atascosa is major news for the species," Dr. Shari Wilcox, Texas representative for Defenders of Wildlife, said. "With only 13 other recorded individuals documented living at the refuge, the addition of another young male is certainly cause for celebration."

Take a look at some of the recent sightings of exotic ocelots at Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge: