What to do if you see an Ocelot

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is asking for the public's assistance in the recovery of the ocelot, a highly endangered wild cat found in deep South Texas. FWS is the lead agency responsible for the recovery of this species and works with many partners, public and private, to ensure this beautiful cat will grace the Texas landscape for generations to come. 

(or species identification unknown), CALL DISPATCH IMMEDIATELY: 
Day 956-784-7520 
Night 956-330-5007 
2.  Provide important information, including your name and a phone number where you can be reached.  Directions to the location and details of the site. (Click Here for the difference between a bobcat and an ocelot).  

3.  If you find a dead ocelot, please stay with the carcass if you can until FWS arrives. If you are not able to stay, please photograph the carcass and move off the road so that it is not visible to passersby. Be sure to let FWS know exactly where to find the carcass so they can retrieve it and collect important information such as internal tags and genetic information.


What to do if you do see a live ocelot, jaguarundi, cougar or jaguar 

Please Contact:

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: (956)748-3607 ext 111


Staff will ask for the date, time, detailed location and any identifying characteristics.  After 4:30 pm, please leave a detailed message and we will return your call.

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  • Refuge open daily, sunrise to sunset. Entry fees are currently $3.00 per vehicle.

  • 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!

  • 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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