Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett is known for a few things: his goofy soul patch, the necklaces he often wears, his ability to beat the Yankees regardless of the league he plays in. One thing he has not been known for, until now: his love of ocelots.
The ocelot is a small, endangered member of the leopard family that lives primarily in Central and South America, but there are regions of southern Texas where the animals can still be found -- including on a ranch Beckett owns in La Salle County. Until recently, a section of the ranch was home to ocelot habitat. Now, that section is home to a pipeline constructed by a fracking company. With time on his hands (given the Dodgers' failure to make the post-season) and a competitive spirit, Beckett is suing.
According to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Laredo, Eagle Ford Midstream and its parent company Midstream, told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which is charged with protecting the endangered species, there was no ocelot habitat on Beckett's 7,000 acre South Texas ranch.
The pipeline company then continued with survey work for constructing the pipeline despite ranch representatives giving it an alternative route and letting it know it would be sued in federal court if it continued. …
The notice of intent to sue stated that “multiple big cat tracks” were located and photographed as recently as June, and Beckett observed ocelots on his property as recently as November.