Ocelots take to new wildlife crossings

A night camera captures an image of an ocelot at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fewer than 50 ocelots (Leopardus pardalis) are known to exist in the wild in the United States, all of them in Texas. But 40% of ocelots die as a result of being hit by a car. Now, 15 new wildlife crossings have been installed in the Laguna Atacosa National Wildlife Refuge and more are being planned. Managers say the ocelots are taking to the crossings and will stand a better chance of recovering.

Watch a video below from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for more on these crossings.