FWS announces draft ocelot recovery plan
75 Fed. Reg. 52547 / Thursday, August 26, 2010 / Notices
DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR / Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Draft Ocelot (LEOPARDUS PARDALIS) Recovery Plan, First Revision
SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the availability of the Draft Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) Recovery Plan, First Revision. We request review and comment from the public on this draft revised recovery plan. We will also accept any new information on the status of the ocelot throughout its range to assist in finalizing the revised recovery plan. DATES: To ensure consideration, we must receive any comments no later than October 25, 2010.
The ocelot requires dense vegetation (more than 75 percent canopy cover), with 95 percent cover preferred in Texas. Habitats used by the ocelot throughout its range vary from tropical rainforest, pine forest, gallery forest, riparian forest, semideciduous forest, and dry tropical forest, to savanna, shrublands, and marshlands. Contiguous areas of vegetation are necessary for ocelot dispersal. In south Texas, 2 remaining ocelot populations of less than 25 total known individuals inhabit dense thornscrub communities on the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuges, as well as on private lands. Its prey consists primarily of rabbits, rodents, birds, and lizards. In November 2009, an ocelot was documented in Arizona with the use of camera traps for the first time since 1964, when the last known ocelot in Arizona was legally shot. For more information, visit the link above, or the 1990 recovery plan. Photo above of Esperanza, the first female on the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge ever be photographed with a kitten!. According to Friends of South Texas National Wildlife Refuges, she's actually had three kittens since Refuge biologists first captured her in February 2008.