Nogales port officials seize large cat pelt

2014-03-06T14:21:00Z 2014-03-07T07:12:34Z Nogales port officials seize large cat peltArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
March 06, 2014 2:21 pm  • 

Officers at the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales confiscated the tanned hide of a large wild cat.

On Monday, officials referred a motorhome crossing into the U.S. for further agricultural inspection, according to a news release from Customs and Border Protection.

Agricultural inspectors found what appeared to be the pelt of a large spotted cat. The owner told officers he was given the skin by a friend in Mexico.

Agriculture specialists confiscated the skin for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Wildlife inspectors determined the pelt is likely that of a large ocelot — a protected species.

The pelt was turned over to the wildllife service.

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