March 9, 2017
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Much has been written about how the border wall proposed by President Donald Trump will impact the local economies. But scientists are worried about another aspect of such a wall. Namely, that it could destroy wildlife.
Scientists point to the fact that a border fence in Hidalgo, TX, which was built during President George W. Bush’s term, has been iffy when it comes to keeping out people. But it has kept out wildlife. And if President Trump turns the border fence into a 40-foot concrete wall, it could be hugely problematic for one of the most biodiverse areas in North America.
Experts say that the barriers already in place makes it difficult for animals to find food, water and even mates. Impeding animal movement also drives wildlife farther along the path to extinction, they add.
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