There are between 800,000 and 1.5 million ocelots in the wild. The ocelot is listed as a species of least concern by the IUCN Red List, even though their population is decreasing.
Though the total population is large, ocelots are endangered in certain parts of their range. For example, the Texas population is very small, with only 80 to 120 individuals.
Range of the ocelot
In the United States, specifically, ocelots used to roam freely throughout the Southwest but have now been reduced to less than 100 wild ocelots in Texas. Ocelots are an endangered species with increasingly declining numbers. They are hunted for their pelts and while they are protected, they are often poached or sold on the black market pet trade.
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