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$1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos #8026525 10/28/20 12:25 AM
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I am tired of seeing the wildlife and wild areas of Texas vanish in front of my eyes, so trying to do what I can to protect the best of what's left.

I am involved with studying cats on a few ranches in South Texas, two of which have evidence of Jaguarundis with a few photos, but which are not super crisp, and one ranch has ocelot photos.

I'll pay $1,000 for photos of ocelots from ranches not already known to have them, or for Jaguarundis, in Texas that withstand scrutiny and review by my cat experts and the USFWS cat biologists. It will need to be a photo file with the metadata available on the file to make sure there has been no alteration. The person submitting the photo will need to provide a sworn affidavit to back up the photo as to date, location, and that the photo has not been altered.

The money is just coming out of my pocket for my effort to save the best wildlife habitat left in South Texas. Obviously talking about wild animals. So, no wise guys taking photos in the zoo or cats at the wildlife refuges or from ranches already known to have them.

Game camera photos are fine and very acceptable.

If a ranch thinks they may have them, I have over 40 professional grade cameras available to use, which I will be happy to run and monitor to try to help landowners who want to protect their Ocelots or Jaguarundis and potentially help them benefit financially from protecting the cats.

Ocelots are in the genus Leopardus, our own Texas leopards. smile

This is an ocelot as the population from Tamaulipas appears, which is what occurs in South Texas:

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Below is a photo of a Jaguarundi. They also occur with a reddish color, which is the second photo.

Note the rounded tops of the ears compared to pointed ears on house cats.


There is potentially very substantial financial benefit to ranch owners with Jaguarundis or Ocelots in Texas.

I do believe the constant sprinkle of "black panther" reports actually are Jaguarundis and they are here, but elusive.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8026543 10/28/20 12:36 AM
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Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8026567 10/28/20 12:42 AM
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Yes sir, very aware of the efforts of several people working to help and pitching in with what I can do.

We are finding there can be some substantial benefits to the ranch owners.

Thank you NP, and good to see you post. cheers

Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: Nogalus Prairie] #8026569 10/28/20 12:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up



Said there hasn’t been a jagarundi sighting since 1989...I looked it up and TPWD confirmed it

I personally know 5 people that have seen them.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: txtrophy85] #8026572 10/28/20 12:44 AM
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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up



Said there hasn’t been a jagarundi sighting since 1989...I looked it up and TPWD confirmed it

I personally know 5 people that have seen them.



I believe it.

I am doing my best to prove it and protect them.



Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: Nogalus Prairie] #8026653 10/28/20 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up

That was a great episode. I always enjoy his podcast, but that one sticks out. Believe the biologists name was Michael Tewes.

Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8026711 10/28/20 01:33 AM
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Thank you sir for doing so much for this cause. Conservation is our obligation.

Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: NDN98] #8026716 10/28/20 01:34 AM
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Originally Posted by NDN98
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up

That was a great episode. I always enjoy his podcast, but that one sticks out. Believe the biologists name was Michael Tewes.

Yes, he works at CKWRI and he is the Regents Professor and the Frank Daniel Yturria Endowed Chair for Wild Cat Studies at the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8026820 10/28/20 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by jeffbird
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Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up



Said there hasn’t been a jagarundi sighting since 1989...I looked it up and TPWD confirmed it

I personally know 5 people that have seen them.



I believe it.

I am doing my best to prove it and protect them.





You would think they would have some on game cams.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: txtrophy85] #8026843 10/28/20 02:16 AM
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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
Originally Posted by Nogalus Prairie
Steven Rinella just had a great podcast on the ocelot preservation efforts with a couple of Texas biologists tasked with their conservation. I’m sure you are aware of it Jeff.

I am glad to see ranchers willing to join in the conservation efforts given the potential, let’s say, complications. Speaks well of them.

Kudos and good luck to you with your efforts also. up



Said there hasn’t been a jagarundi sighting since 1989...I looked it up and TPWD confirmed it

I personally know 5 people that have seen them.



I believe it.

I am doing my best to prove it and protect them.





You would think they would have some on game cams.



Just about every game camera in Texas is aimed at a deer feeder.

Bobcats will go to a feeder to catch rodents or rabbits eating corn.

One ranch I have been helping has black bears hitting their deer feeders.

A bear standing on its hind legs and eating off of a spinner plate 5' off the ground is impressive.

The ocelots stay in very dense thorn scrub brush far from human activity and do not like to go out in the open areas.

The photos I have obtained all were from setting out cameras in areas with cat tracks in the brush.

The jaguarundis will go to the edges of brush, but I've not heard of either ocelots or jaguarundis ever showing up under deer feeders.

There is a method that helps with searching, but luck is needed too.

Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8026864 10/28/20 02:35 AM
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Cool project

Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: txtrophy85] #8026961 10/28/20 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by txtrophy85
I personally know 5 people that THINK they have seen them.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8027086 10/28/20 09:01 AM
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I may have seen a jaguarundi before. I saw all manner of cats and dogs while hunting south Texas. A red one could sure full you into thinking it was a regular old house cat.
Unlike those that claim they saw a mountain lion or black panther that in reality was just bad size judgement, I think many may have seen a Jaguarundi or ocelot and just thought it was a bobcat or house cat.
I appreciate you effort jeffbird, I hope to see some pictures come from this.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8027092 10/28/20 10:26 AM
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Back in the late 60's one of our neighbors had a Ocelot that they had the claws and Canine teeth removed. When sitting down you always had this feeling you were being stalked and you would be, all of the sudden that cat would pounce on you from behind. It ended up biting into an electrical wire and died.


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: jeffbird] #8027163 10/28/20 11:50 AM
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Great project and appreciate all your effort and sincerely hope you are highly successful with it!

Beautiful animals both species are!


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Re: $1,000 for Ocelot or Jaguarundi Photos [Re: HS2] #8027358 10/28/20 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by HS2
Thank you sir for doing so much for this cause. Conservation is our obligation.


This! Thank you!


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Wish I could help. I wouldn't accept money for it, and it sounds like a very beneficial cause. I'm just nowhere near that part of Texas to be of any use.

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You might contact Dale Rollins at the RPQRF. He and I have both had jaguarundi sightings SE of Snyder. Probably the same animal. I don't have any pictures, but it's possible he does.


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Are there any disadvantages to ranches and their operations that do have confirmed animals? They are both endangered,


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Originally Posted by BOBO the Clown
Are there any disadvantages to ranches and their operations that do have confirmed animals? They are both endangered,


That was my first thought as well. I could see a scenario where once the animals are confirmed the government showing up "here to help" turning into a nightmare.

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Originally Posted by EddieWalker
Wish I could help. I wouldn't accept money for it, and it sounds like a very beneficial cause. I'm just nowhere near that part of Texas to be of any use.


Same here - great project and wish you and the cats great luck in repopulation/preservation.


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Cool project



Yes, it is.

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Originally Posted by Brother in-law
Cool project


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Originally Posted by kk66
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Are there any disadvantages to ranches and their operations that do have confirmed animals? They are both endangered,


That was my first thought as well. I could see a scenario where once the animals are confirmed the government showing up "here to help" turning into a nightmare.


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