Wild Ed's Texas Outdoors
Jaguars, Ocelots, Margays, Jaguarundi, Cougars and Bobcats are some of my favorite animals. I have seen a lot of bobcats but only two cougars and none of the other cats in the wild in my lifetime. I have seen all of the others in captivity and would love to catch a glimpse of one in the wild someday. Each time I see any wild cat in nature it is a special moment and one I hope each of you will have some day if you have not yet observed a cat in the wild. I have always hoped that someday the more exotic cats would be restored to their native habitat in Texas. Of course much of that habitat no longer exists due to population growth and man changing the land for cattle and crops. That is one reason it is so important to preserve what small amounts of habitat we have left in this State that will sustain populations of these cats. The Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute has discovered and is studying a remote population of wild cats including some of the more exotic, in their wild habitat. What is so amazing about this study is it is taking place only 150 miles south of Brownsville, Texas. It gives one hope that maybe these cats will move north and repopulate their former habitat such as the Black Bear has done in the Texas Trans Pecos and Big Bend country. If not you and I maybe some day our children or grand children will again be able to see the exotic cats on a regular basis in Texas. Enjoy the following YouTube video about the study in Mexico. Hope you see some spots in the future, Wild Ed
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