Habitat loss and hunting nearly eradicated the US population of ocelots. Today, ocelots—like this one on a private refuge in Texas—are protected under the Endangered Species Act. In 2017, after USDA Wildlife Services activities in Texas and Arizona threatened ocelots, a lawsuit brought by AWI and allies ensured implementation of ESA-mandated measures to mitigate harm. On the ESA’s 50th anniversary, this issue of the AWI Quarterly includes a number of examples of the ESA in action. Learn more about how this landmark law operates to keep vulnerable species from disappearing.
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