A wall along the United States/Mexico border could seriously disrupt the natural habitats and movements of many animals species that live there.
Trump’s Wall Would Block Animals More Than People
“Dan Millis will never forget the day when he saw a deer family – a doe and two fawns – cautiously approach the US-Mexico border wall in the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area in Arizona. The mother deer kept looking at the wall and smelling it, trotting repeatedly and anxiously back and forth in search of what was once open land. Eventually she gave up attempting to cross, and warily led her fawns back the way that they had come.”
Border Fences Pose Threats to Wildlife on U.S.-Mexico Border, Study Shows
“Current and proposed border fences pose significant threats to wildlife populations, with those animals living in border regions along the Texas Gulf and California coasts showing some of the greatest vulnerability, a new study from The University of Texas at Austin shows. ‘Our study is the first comprehensive analysis of threats to species across the entire U.S.-Mexico border,’ says Jesse Lasky, a graduate student in the laboratory of Tim Keitt, associate professor of integrative biology.”
The Environmental Impacts of a Border Fence
“A group of Arizona park and refuge managers, wildlife biologists, and conservationists has charged that building a wall along the US-Mexican border to keep illegal immigrants and drug smugglers out of the United States will fragment the Sonoran Desert ecosystem, damage the desert’s plant and animal communities, and prevent the free movement of wildlife between the United States and Mexico.”
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