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Plans Solidified for Cat Crossings
Southwest Region, September 21, 2007
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Alamo ES Suboffice staff and the Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge  Manager met with representatives from Texas Department of Transportation  to plan wildlife crossings beneath the Highway 77/83 overpass adjacent to FM 732, to facilitate animals crossing from the Rio Grande river, through the Refuge‚Äôs Ranchito Tract  northward, toward Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge where the largest population of endangered ocelots (30-40) individuals are found in South Texas.  Ocelot vehicle collisions are significant, causing 45% of the ocelot mortality documented in South Texas between 1983 and 2002.

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

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