Ocelot spotted in the Huachuca Mountains

Ocelot spotted in the Huachuca Mountains

CREATED May 2, 2012

Web Producer: Marlena Hamilton

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- The Arizona Game and Fish Department is analyzing an ocelot that has been recently spotted to see if it is the same one they saw in 2011.

Trail camera photos captured the ocelot in the Huachuca Mountains.

The ocelot’s spotting pattern is being compared to that of an ocelot photographed by Game and Fish officers in February 2011, and by a hunter’s trail camera in May 2011, said Mark Hart, Public Information officer for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.

The spotting patterns in the 2011 photos, both taken in the Huachucas, matched, said Hart.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department captured two other trail photos of an ocelot from February 2012 and November 2009.

In both cases the location of the photos could not be determined, although the February 2012 photo was of the Huachucas ocelot based on the spotting pattern, said Hart.

“If photo analysis concludes it is the same ocelot, it shows that the cat not only survived the Monument Fire but remains in the Huachucas,” said Regional Supervisor Raul Vega of Game and Fish in Tucson.

If anyone sees a cat and thinks it might be an ocelot, the Game and Fish Department requests that photos and other information to be given to them immediately. 

The Department's number is 1-800-352-0700.