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

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.

Posted on Thursday, October 26th, 2006
Under: border fence, Wildlife | 13 Comments »