Landowner Partnerships with FWS Protect Habitat

Approximately 50 ocelots exist in the entire United States. The easement will provide nearly 7500 acres of prime habitat for these cats and many other wildlife species.
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with Texas landowners to protect nearly 7500 acres of ranchland along the Gulf Coast near the border with Mexico. The ranch, which is located near Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, will provide habitat for a diverse assemblage of species that require the unique combination costal prairie, thorn forest, and wetlands found in the southern tip of Texas. The ocelot and the Aplomado falcon are two species of concern that will benefit from the easement.

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