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Feds: Ocelot pelt seized at AZ border

Ocelot pelt seized (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection) Ocelot pelt seized (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
NOGALES, AZ (CBS5) -

Federal agriculture specialists at Arizona's Mariposa Port recently discovered the pelt of an endangered wild cat.

Officials referred a motor home for further agricultural inspection after questioning the occupants on Monday.

Specialists said they found the pelt of an ocelot, an animal that is threatened with extinction. 

The owner told them he obtained the skin from a friend in Mexico. Agriculture specialists detained the pelt pending an exam by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Fish and Wildlife inspectors arrived Tuesday and determined the pelt was likely that of a large ocelot. The cats have been listed as endangered since 1982 under the Federal Endangered Species Act

The pelt was turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service while an investigation continues.

Anyone encountering a cat believed to be an ocelot should report the sighting and send any photos to the Arizona Fish and Wildlife service Service at 1-800-352-0700.

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