Report Ocelot Sightings
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking for the public's help in the recovery of the ocelot, a highly endangered wild cat found in deep South Texas. What to do if you do see an ocelot (dead or alive)Please immediately call any of the following phone numbers:• Law Enforcement Dispatch -- (956) 784-7608 or 7520• After Hours Law Enforcement Dispatch -- (956) 330-5007• Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge -- (956) 748-3607• Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge -- (956) 784-7500Provide your name and a phone number where you can be reached, the location, time and type of sighting (dead or alive). Identifying marks that confirm it was an ocelot and not a bobcat and directions to the location and details of the site. If you find a dead ocelot, please stay with the carcass if you can until refuge staff arrives. If you are not able to stay, please photograph the carcass and move it off the road so that it is not visible to passersby. Be sure to let the refuge staff know exactly where to find the carcass so they can retrieve it and collect important information such as internal tags and genetic information.Other ways you can help wildlife:
Purchase a Federal Duck Stamp Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps,” are pictorial stamps produced by the U.S. Postal Service for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. They were originally created in 1934 as the federal licenses required for hunting migratory waterfowl. Today, Federal Duck Stamps are a vital tool for wetland conservation. Ninety-eight cents out of every dollar generated by the sales of Duck Stamps goes directly to purchase or lease wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.Get a Pass! The America the Beautiful - National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Pass covers recreation opportunities on public lands managed by four Department of the Interior agencies – the National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the Bureau of Reclamation, and by the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service. One hundred percent of the revenue derived from passes sold at federal recreation sites will directly benefit the selling agency and no less than 80 percent of the revenue will remain at the site where the pass was sold. The pass applies to those locations that currently have entrance or standard amenity fees.
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