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Mitch Sternberg has served the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a wildlife biologist for nearly a quarter of a century in south Texas, with responsibilities in Aransas, Laguna Atascosa, Lower Rio Grande Valley, and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuges. In that work, he has helped with the recovery of the ocelot. Here, he talks about the factors in its decline, including habitat loss due in part to the agricultural clearing associated with the Green Revolution, and the ensuing isolation and inbreeding of ocelot populations.