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Border Fence Threatens Wildlife

A re-enactment of a fugitive fleeing the U.S. (Luis Marden)


While the fence between U.S.-Mexico is intended to stop smuggling, terrorism, and illegal immigration, endangered animals are also being stopped at the border. A recent study finds that the 750 miles of border fence currently in place breaks up animal ranges, restricting their movements and making isolated populations more vulnerable to hurricanes, fires, and other disasters. Among the most affected by the fence are such vulnerable animals as the Arroyo toad and the Pacific pond turtle, as well as smaller cat species like the jaguarundi and bobcat.

When the border fence was first authorized in 2006, the Department of Homeland Security waived applicable environmental laws during construction. Since then, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has committed resources for environmental mitigation. However, some of these funds were rescinded by Congress in 2011.

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Since 2005, Michael has been a librarian at National Geographic.
  • Kandie Rosales

    It’s a shame! Hungry human’s and displaced animals, both face death, must suffer because people decide to errect a fence to keep them out.
    This earth doesn’t belong to anyone of us. It belongs to the Creator. Somehow, people got it in their head that all is their’s.
    Anyone hungry, sick and needing to be educated, should never be deprived of these things. Never!
    And with thousands of animals already extinct, ones made by God and have a purpose, and are of value, deserve our help as well. I see nothing good about raising this fence. If my children were going hungry, I’d climb fences and swim shark infested waters to get work, money and send them this needed food. Nothing would stop me.

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  • Henry Gonzales M.D.

    I want the fence! Obviously Mrs.Rosales does not live on a border state. I live in Texas, I have a wife and two girls, but I don’t have a job. Why I don’t I have a job? I don’t have a job because illegal aliens flood into my state and go to a hospital and get there cut feet, illness, broken bones, and etc. fixed and then don’t pay. If a hospital doesn’t have money, what happens? Its closed! Sure I have heritage, but that was a long time ago when Mexico and its people were better thought of, that is the Mexico my ancestors believed in and so do I.
    When I did work, There would be patients with O.D.coming into the E.R. Hmmm, I wander were they got those drugs? Oh, here’s an idea, Mexico! And I have never seen an illegal who was starving! Its not just Mexicans, its South Americans, French, Afghani’s, Chinese, ETC. coming threw our border. “But oh, the animals!”, Animals have adapted for over thousands of years.(and I personally like the wild game in Texas for hunting) I do, in a way, agree with you in the act of providing my children with food, but I also believe that God has provided for security me for the last 50 years of my life and as he will now and then.

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