Clinging to Survival in the Borderlands

Author(s): Michael Tewes

Published: September 2017

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Of the 38 species of wild cats, one of the most beautiful, but rare, is the ocelot.  Fewer than 80 of these primarily neotropical cats are believed to reside in the United States.  As their habitat shrinks and their populations remain divided, the future of these endangered felines, with their long, ringed tails and splendid collections of black spots over tan pelages, remains in question.