Wildlife experts say a border wall could impact animals

Politics

The possibility of a border wall has some wildlife experts worried about the animals who will be stopped in their tracks if it’s built.

Part of the Local Sierra Club Chapter, Rick Lobello, tells KTSM the border wall could affect regional animals who cross the Chihuahuan Desert. 

Large animals atop the food chain such as the wolf, coyote, and ocelot rely on being able to move across large areas throughout the border to survive.

“You might have a drought in the Southwest and another part of the Southwest say, in Mexico where there’s a lot more food, so an animal in the United States might need to move to Mexico temporarily. For example, the mountain lion needs 100 square miles,” Lobello said.

The ability to cross borders can save endangered species like the mexican-wolf, who Lobello believes can be saved the way the black bear was.

“They were all killed off in Texas and now the black bear has returned to Texas thanks to the fact that the black bear could just cross the border,” he said.

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