“Healthy Ocelot found S.AZ 1st in 45 years”

Arizona Game and Fish Department officials say a rare ocelot was observed

rare ocelot found S.AZ

Tuesday morning in southern Arizona.

A man called Game and Fish and said that while he was working in his yard in the Huachuca Mountains his dogs began barking at a cat-like animal, which quickly climbed a tree.

Ocelots are small to medium-sized spotted cats with a long tail. They have been listed as endangered since 1982 under the Federal Endangered Species Act and since then have only rarely been seen in Arizona.

Only one other ocelot, an animal run over near Globe last April, has been confirmed in Arizona since the mid-1960s. One other ocelot was reportedly captured on film by the Sky Island Alliance in November 2009. However, according to Game and Fish, it has not been possible to fully verify the species or the animal’s origin based on that photo.

Game and Fish will try to determine if this indeed is a healthy wild animal or someone’s escaped pet.

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