A phantom cat secretively stalks the remnants of thick thorny brush in southernmost Texas.
There is only one place in the entire United States with a population of wild ocelots, and that is right here in the Rio Grande Valley.
Biologists estimate that there are less than 50 of the rare cats clinging to a precarious existence in the wild lands of Deep South Texas. Until now, no one has ever produced a documentary on the endangered cats that make their home here in the Valley, and for the past several years I have been working on this project.
With the help of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute at Texas A&M Kingsville and private landowners the project is completed, and you will have the opportunity to see it first right here on Action 4 News this Saturday evening, April 13th at 6:30. "Phantom Cat of the Chaparral" has been a fascinating documentary to work on, and the beautiful and elusive ocelot is in many ways a charismatic spokes-creature for vanishing Valley wildlife. With more than 95 percent of the Rio Grande Valley's native wild lands already cleared for agriculture and urbanization it is amazing that the iconic cat still survives. The last foothold of this strikingly beautiful creature are two small breeding populations on remote ranch lands and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge where private landowners are working with state and federal agencies to save the endangered ocelot. Join us right here on Action 4 News this Saturday evening at 6:30, for a special look at the fascinating felines and the remarkable effort to save the last wild population of ocelots in the United States. With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore