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

On Monday, officials referred a motor home 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. Wildlife inspectors determined the pelt is likely that of a large ocelot — a protected species.

Comments disabled.