New images have been released of an ocelot that has apparently lived in the Huachuca Mountains since at least February 2011.
A sportsman gave the pictures to Arizona Game and Fish. Other species experts are going to review the images to verify Game and Fish's conclusions that it is in fact an ocelot.
The seemingly healthy ocelot was left in the tree by the sportsman who captured the pictures. Regional Game and Fish Supervisor Raul Vega said, "The weight gain and growth of the ocelot is evident in the photos…That it has remained in the Huachucas this long is very good news."
Sportsmen gave Game and Fish two sets of trail camera photos of the ocelot earlier this year.
Ocelots are small-medium sized spotter cats with long tails. They have been listed as endangered since 1982. Game and Fish officials want to remind the community to leave an ocelot alone if spotted.
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