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Listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List, Ocelots are found in Central and South America. While they used to inhabit the southern portion of North America, primarily Texas, it is estimated up to 100 may survive in the  protected forest regions around the Rio Grande. Similar to the jaguar,  they are still numerous in the Amazon basin, and declining in the rest  of their range throughout Central and South America.  Between 1980 and  1984 the number of pelts on the world fur market declined from over  30,000 to 4,000.  Their populations are affected by habitat destruction,  hunting for their pelts, and the black market pet trade. In the 1960's  they were popular as housepets, many of which were captured as wild cubs  when the poachers killed the mothers.
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