Ocelot News & Updates

Most recent: Ocelot confirmed crossing underpass both ways!

OM283​, an adult, male ocelot, was first trapped as a juvenile in March of 2013 on the southern end of Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive and was trapped two more times, once in January of 2015 along FM106 and once in April 2016 at the northern end of Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive. He was photographed by remote cameras many times in various areas of the Refuge over the years since his initial capture. 

 

Before using the underpass, he was last photographed on the Refuge in early June 2020. He was photographed using the underpass, first in one direction and then back again an hour later in the early hours of June 23, 2020. 

Photo credit: USFWS

Guzzlers at Laguna Atascosa

Read more information with an article written by Americorps VISTA Intern Melissa Robell. Photo Credit: USFWS. Download article here

Adding a new Ocelot

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Read more information with an article written by Americorps VISTA Intern Melissa Robell. Photo credit: USFWS. Download article here

 

 

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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently waived.

  • Steve Thompson Wildlife Drive (formerly, Bayside Drive), the refuge's 14 mile auto tour loop, is CLOSED to private vehicle traffic, bicycles, and pedestrians to protect endangered ocelots.  

  • Buena Vista Road is open. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 25 MPH!

  • Please do not drive or park on the dedicated bicycle lane.

  • Refuge walking and biking trails are open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

  • Visitor Center is closed. Call 956-244-2019 for information.

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