Lawsuit Filed to Protect Rare Cats From Government Killing
The Center for Biological Diversity and Animal Welfare Institute this week sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stop endangered ocelots from being inadvertently killed as part of the long-running program targeting coyotes, bears, bobcats and other wildlife in Arizona and Texas. USDA's "Wildlife Services" program kills tens of thousands of animals in these two states alone every year using traps, snares and poisons.
Ocelots -- whose name comes from an Aztec word meaning "field tiger" -- are spotted, big-eyed, night-hunting cats living in Texas, Arizona, Mexico, and Central and South America.
"With fewer than 100 ocelots remaining in the United States, we're trying to make sure none will suffer and die in traps set for other animals targeted by Wildlife Services," said the Center's Collette Adkins.
Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.