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Study Documents 18 Endangered Ocelots Living Near U.S.-Mexico Border

An endangered species that has been spotted in southern Arizona is living undisturbed south of the border. The ocelot is a medium-sized species of Leopard that can be found as far north as southern Arizona and Texas and as far south as northern Argentina.

A new study documented 18 ocelots living on a Sonoran cattle ranch and wildlife refuge near the U.S. border. The cats were photographed over two different time periods dating back to 2007.

Study author Jim Rorabaugh, a retired U.S. Game and Fish Department biologist, joined The Show to talk about it.

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Mark Brodie is a co-host of The Show, KJZZ’s locally produced news magazine. Since starting at KJZZ in 2002, Brodie has been a host, reporter and producer, including several years covering the Arizona Legislature, based at the Capitol.