ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROFILE

PROTECTION STATUS: Endangered

YEAR LISTED: 1972 as foreign species, 1982 in United States

CRITICAL HABITAT: None

RECOVERY PLAN: 1990

RANGE: Southern Texas to northern Argentina

THREATS: Habitat loss, human activities, feral dogs and swine, coyotes, mountain lions, raptors, and bobcats

POPULATION TREND: Fewer than 100 individuals persist in the United States. The majority of ocelots are located in Texas’ Lower Rio Grande Valley, an area critical for NAFTA projects. Globally, this species’ population is declining.

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