An Ocelot was found by the police at the Cascade home of a 26-year-old man on Monday.
Officers of the Four Roads Police Station reportedly found the animal in a cage around midday after they executed a search warrant at the premises at First Avenue.
The cat is endangered and also an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS).
The man did not have a permit to keep the animal in captivity.
Police said he he claimed that the ocelot was injured and he rescued it from a drain in St. Clair.
The police contacted game wardens and the ocelot was placed in the care of the Emperor Valley Zoo.
Police said they are continuing investigations into his claim that he rescued the ocelot.
The offences carries a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for two years.
The man, however, was charged with marijuana possession.