Texas Game Wardens posted this photo to their Facebook page on Tuesday with the following comment…
A caller notified Texas Game Wardens regarding this large male Ocelot that was apparently struck by a vehicle last night in the Rio Grande Valley on HWY 2925 near Arroyo City. Please drive safely and be aware of ocelots in the area, especially at night. Thank you.
The photo has received over 2000 shares.
According to Big Cat Rescue a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, The International Species Information Service lists 217 ocelot’s worldwide, with 108 being in the U.S.
Big Cat Rescue’s Ocelot fact sheet goes on to say...
“In the 1980’s, Ocelot fur coats sold for $40,000.00 and the live animal as a pet sold for $800.00. At one time, more than 200,000 ocelots per year were killed for their coats. Today, with laws prohibiting hunting for the fur trade, there are no Ocelot coats for sale, and the “pet” Ocelot is a thing of the past.”
Travel safely this holiday season and keep an eye out for wildlife.