- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ARROYO CITY, Texas (AP) - An endangered ocelot has been found dead near a South Texas road and game wardens believe the rare animal was hit by a vehicle.

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department on Tuesday reported the animal was killed near Arroyo City.

Agency officials say the large male ocelot apparently was struck Monday night by a vehicle on Farm-to-Market Road 2925. A caller reported the incident. Further details on the death weren’t immediately available.

Arroyo City is near the Laguna Atascosa (a-tuhs-KOH’-suh) Wildlife Refuge, home to about a dozen of the endangered cats.

Work continues on General Brant Road, part of a restoration project adding passageways under the roadway for use by ocelots.

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Online:

https://www.facebook.com/texasparksandwildlife/

http://www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa/

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