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700-mile border fence between U.S. and Mexico will block more wild animals than people

By Gary Bogue
Thursday, October 26th, 2006 at 10:04 am in border fence, Wildlife.

The proposed 700-mile fence between the U.S. and Mexico can fowl up the ecosystem along our southern border.

Some species of wild animals, especially the large predators, need to move back and forth between open space areas to survive. Wild animals don’t understand fences, or the human concept of blocking ancient wildlife migration trails. That’s why U.S. plans to fence another third of our 2,100-mile southern border have the potential to become a wildlife disaster if they are put in effect. Even small creatures like rabbits, foxes, bobcats, badgers, tortoises and lizards could be affected if the fence keeps them out of their normal territories and habitat.

Who knows what the long term consequences of that mess could be?

** News Bulletin: According to Associated Press Writer Deb Riechmann, "President Bush signed a bill Thursday (that’s today, I just read it) authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they’re tough on illegal immigration."

I understand they’re especially tough on fringe-footed sand lizards.

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13 Responses to “700-mile border fence between U.S. and Mexico will block more wild animals than people”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thank you for pointing this out. It will be a difficult challenge for the animals and will drive people into the more remote crossing areas, where not only will their own lives be in greater danger but their presence in areas where humans are rare will further disrupt the natural elements along our border.

  2. joseph Says:

    The real question is, will the wildlife take our jobs for less pay?

  3. J Says:

    So what do you want us to do? Let them keep coming in and take jobs away from people who need them? Oh I think the animals will find away to survive and if they don’t, some other species will move in to take their place. One day we will all go the way of the dinosaur but until that day I hope America has enough sense to keep these people out of the country. If they want to be here, let them do it legally.

  4. none Says:

    Zing! Yeah, you tell them Joseph.

    Who needs an ecosystem… Money is more important. Duh..?

    Go back to your AOL and Xbox and stop trying to be a republican.

    .jase

  5. j Says:

    “So what do you want us to do? Let them keep coming in and take jobs away from people who need them?”

    Umm, if you haven’t noticed people in America are not fighting for the dirty jobs we put them in.

    “Oh I think the animals will find away to survive and if they don’t, some other species will move in to take their place. ”

    I can see you are on the way out.

    “One day we will all go the way of the dinosaur but until that day I hope America has enough sense to keep these people out of the country.”

    Wow, my point exactly about your thinking. Good point!

    “If they want to be here, let them do it legally.”

    Legally.. I wonder how your ancestors got in this country and if they followed the rules of the Native Americans?

  6. Anonymous Says:

    The fence is a bad idea anywhere but in urban areas. At best it only slows them down. They hop the fence all day long in Calexico. They’d do better to fix the customs and immigration system, offer seasonal work visas, and pay the border patrol a decent wage. Immigration is just part of the problem. Smuggling is a serious problem, to the point that they just drive across the border and get away because there’s not enough border patrol to respond.

  7. Jose Cruze Says:

    Will the fence be electric?

  8. fmarin Says:

    I wonder how many people see the correlation between large retailers and jobs. How great our country would be if we were to have Walmart, Targer and all of the other large retailers buy American rather than buy from overseas. Instead we buy into the capitalist idea that cheaper is always better and don’t think about the loss of American jobs. Stop blaming the immigrants for what is wrong with our country and start voting with your dollars. Don’t buy at the large retail stores until they start helping our economy by bringing jobs back to the USA.

  9. Ludlow Says:

    “Kill ‘em all; let God sort ‘em out”

  10. Ludlow Says:

    new species are being discovered while others become extinct. so what if we help a few species along? with the population increasing so rapidly there won’t be room for anything BUT humans before long.if we’re going to have illegals, at least have them pay their way; ie; s/s taxes, medicare, etc.

  11. Frank William Abinale Says:

    I can hardly think the writer of this story can walk in public—without it being a health hazzard. By that I say that anyone with any common sense who read this story would “die laughing” if they ever saw them!

    Are you serious? Rabbits endangered? Large predators? Coyotes?

    Where did you go to school? Did you ever leave city limits? Ever hear the phrase “Multiply like Rabbits” Were aware that coyote are predators, but that they are are not “large”? Should I sign the petition to save the tigers that migratory mexican Americans?

    Free press is great. Intelligent analysis of what is printed is greater—and vital when reading articles such as this !

  12. Frank William Abinale Says:

    I can hardly think the writer of this story can walk in public—without it being a health hazzard. By that I say that anyone with any common sense who read this story would “die laughing” if they ever saw them!

    Are you serious? Rabbits endangered? Large predators? Coyotes?

    Where did you go to school? Did you ever leave city limits? Ever hear the phrase “Multiply like Rabbits” Were you aware that coyote are predators, but that they are are not “large”? Should I sign the petition to save the tigers that are migratory mexican Americans?

    Free press is great. Intelligent analysis of what is printed is greater—and vital when reading articles such as this !

  13. Pat in Antioch Says:

    I wonder if there’s any way we can toss certain members of the administration OVER that fence-I’m SURE they aren’t intelligent enough to find their way back again!!

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