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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION OCELOT AND JAGUARUNDISURVEY
Southwest Region, July 19, 2006
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During the Spring 2006, Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office (CCESFO) staff completed surveys for endangered ocelots and jaguarundi on Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) land surrounding Choke Canyon Reservoir in Live Oak and McMullen Counties, Texas.  A final report was submitted in July 2006 to complete the requirements of the FY03 interagency agreement.  Most of the objectives of the agreement were fulfilled by Texas A&M University- Kingsville’s Caesar Kelberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI) between fall 2004 and January 2006 via phototrapping and habitat analysis.  The CKWRI effort produced over 900 photos of 17 species of wildlife, but no federally-listed cats were photographed.  The CKWRI’s final report recommended additional camera trapping efforts in 5 localized areas of interest around the reservoir.  CCESFO staff and Bureau biologists, with the assistance from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), set 17 remotely-triggered camera/monitor units in 2 of the areas of interest in late spring 2006.  This short-term, camera intensive effort produced 77 photos of 7 species of wildlife but the only wild cats photographed were bobcats, as was also true of the previous CKWRI effort. 

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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