An ocelot den was discovered recently in Texas—the first in 20 years. Ocelots, a medium-sized cat, similar in size to a bobcat, also known as dwarf leopards, once roamed southern Texas and had a range that extended as far north as Arkansas. Today, however, only about 50 ocelots are thought to live in the United States. The discovery has given hope to wildlife conservationists that perhaps the ocelot population could be slowly rising in the US.
Recently, a second jaguar was filmed in Arizona. Though more work needs to be done to preserve wildlife habitats in the US, these developments are definitely encouraging.