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Rare Cat Found Dead in County


Animals  (tags: animals, AnimalWelfare, ocelots, death, environment, habitat, protection, wildlife, wildanimals )

Cher Away
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A rare Texas mammal - an ocelot - showed up dead on the side of U.S. 180, east of Palo Pinto. But even in death, the cat is drawing attention.



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Rajee Seetharam (138)
Wednesday March 31, 2010, 8:32 pm
What a beautiful animal! And a rare one at that! Noted with thanks Cher.
 

Arild Warud (159)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 1:49 am
Sadly noted, TY Cher.
 

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (969)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 1:56 am

this is the full story given below. it says it was hit by a car. THERE SHOULD BE CAMERAS TO SEE WHO DID THIS TO THIS POOR CAT. THE STUPID THOUGHTLESS DRIVER WAS NOT WATCHING WHAT HE/SHE WAS DOING AND SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO DRIVE TAKEN AWAY FROM HIM AND PUNISHED. I BET IF THIS CAT WAS HUMAN, THEY WOULD FIND THE GUILTY ONE IN TIME. JUST BECAUSE THE VICTIM IS NON HUMAN, THEY ARE NOT BOTHERED AND JUST LOOK AT THIS POOR CAT AS 'OOH WOW, LOOK ANOTHER BIT OF EVIDENCE THE CAT SPECIES EXISTS STILL AFTER WHAT MAN HAS DONE TO THE CATS!' JUST MAKES MY BLOOD ANGRY AT THESE CARELESS DRIVERS. I HAVE SEEN COUNTLESS PEOPLE BEING HIT AND DYING BECAUSE OF THESE CARELESS DRIVERS. GRRRRR.

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•Primarily found in South Texas, Mexico and South America, this mature, male Ocelot was recently found dead along U.S. Highway 180 West betwen Mineral Wells and Palo Pinto. The animals are an endagered species and protected. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Matt Waggoner called it 'strange' that an ocelot would turn up locally. Courtesy


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March 31, 2010
Rare cat found dead in county
Body of male ocelot found along U.S. 180 West
By Libby Cluett CNHI

PALO PINTO — A rare Texas mammal – an ocelot – showed up dead on the side of U.S. 180, east of Palo Pinto. But even in death, the cat is drawing attention.

“It’s an extremely rare species,” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Matt Waggoner said of the dead cat. “It is getting attention.”

A county resident discovered the 35-40 pound mature male cat early Sunday morning, which was apparently killed by a car on the side of the highway, said Waggoner.

“She thought it was a bobcat and noticed it was in pretty good condition,” he said, adding that the driver put the lifeless cat in her vehicle. “I don’t think she realized it wasn’t a bobcat until she got home.”

According to Waggoner, the driver’s husband identified the cat as an ocelot when she arrived home and they started contacting local game wardens.

The TPWD will study and do DNA tests and collect scientific data and he said the animal might end up in a university setting.

“It’s so rare and not many people have any [experience with the species],” the game warden said. “[TPWD] is making sure it’s taking the time and doing it right with this animal.”

The northern edge of ocelots’ habitat extends into South Texas, mainly in the Rio Grande Valley area.

“It’s federally and state endangered, highly rare and its natural range goes as far north as Brownsville and southern Texas,” said Waggoner. “It’s kind of weird it ended up here.”

The animal was once one of the most traded and hunted because of its beautiful coat.

“There is a possibility somebody might have been illegally breeding [the cat],” he added. “Zoos are allowed to have them, but these animals are endangered in Mexico and Texas and listed [as “endangered”] with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department.”

He said the mature male cat, though dead, appeared in relatively good condition and looked like he was hit by a car, according to Waggoner.

“[Ocelots are] so rare, there’s not a whole lot known about them,” he said. “We’re still in the dark as why it’s here and how it got [to Palo Pinto County].”

 

EcoWorrier M I A MoonWalk Again (969)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 1:57 am
LOOK AT HOW STUNNING THIS CAT IS! LOOK WHAT THOSE IGNORANT .............HUMANS DID TO THIS BEAUTIFUL CAT. LOW LIFE... SO SOOOO SO ANGRY AT WHAT THEY DID.
 

Katie R. (41)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 4:18 am
The same is happening to the Florida panthers everyday. That is why their numbers are declining rapidly. The massive development to build, has had a negative effect, causing the cats to have very little territory and being hit by cars at an astonishing number. It is very sad, and the counties and state are doing very little to stop this. They care more about making money on building and propert taxes.
 

Mike Feenaughty (268)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 4:46 am
Noted.
 

Noemi Padilla (4)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 9:35 am
That is so sad. Such a beautiful animal..
 

Suzane dsouza (261)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 9:37 am
noted.thanks
 

Odin Torchwood (45)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 1:09 pm
Poor cat, murdered by a careless driver. My Bruno was murdered by a careless driver too but this is more serious. Hope the law soon catches up with this criminal soon and bring him/her to justice. People should take more care when driving in such areas so this tragedy isn't repeated. So sadly noté, RIP fine bobcat, Thank you Cher.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 1, 2010, 2:52 pm
Very sadly noted.
 
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