Thursday, November 09, 2006

Agreement seeks South Texas habitat for endangered ocelot

AUSTIN - A new program in South Texas is aimed at providing more habitat for the endangered ocelot.

The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service and the nonprofit group Environmental Defense are recruiting landowners willing to participate in 30-year "safe harbor agreements."

The service says there are less than 100 of the small cats in the United States -- all of them on the South Texas coast.

Participating landowners get help in improving their property as ocelot habitat. But they are also protected from future regulations related to endangered wildlife and they do not give up their rights to future development

The program applies to Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, Starr and Willacy counties.

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