An Arizona hunter’s trail cam has captured an image of an ocelot, the second sighting of the ultra-rare big cat this year.
From this story in the Arizona Daily Star:
A camera placed in the Huachuca Mountains near Sierra Vista has snapped a photo of a rare, endangered ocelot. It’s the second photo record of the elusive species in the range this year. “This is good news out of the Huachucas after all the bad news of the Monument Fire there” last month, said Mark Hart, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Hart said the photo was taken the night of May 26 by a remote camera placed in the range by hunters to observe wildlife movements.
When the hunters checked the camera and realized the significance of the photo, they notified Game and Fish officers. “It could very well be the same animal” as an ocelot photographed Feb. 9 after it was treed by an area landowner’s dogs, Hart said. “But we don’t know for sure whether it’s the same or a different animal,” he said. Biologists “will try to use comparisons of the spotting patterns, known as rosettes, to determine if they are the same animal.”_