Border Fence Threatens Endangered Species, Says Mexican Government


The border fence being built between the United States and Mexico will threaten hundreds of plant and animal species, according to a damning new report from the Mexican government.

This is not the first time that such criticisms have been leveled at the border fence plan, but it probably the highest level of complaint so far.

The Department of Homeland Security, which had ordered the construction of the fence, is exempt from environmental regulations.

According to The Washington Post:

The report endorses the use of observation towers and sensors, rather than fences, or building "living fences" that allow animals, water and pollens critical to endangered plants to cross the border. It also suggests reducing the use of night lighting that scares animals.

The report cites dozens of endangered species which would be threatened by the border wall, including the saguaro cactus, bighorn sheep, Mexican gray wolf, black bear, Mexican jaguar, puma and ocelot.

Here's a link to a press release from Mexico's Secretariat of the Environment and Natural Resources:

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