Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Border Buggers Wildlife

Reuters is reporting today that the US-Mexico border fence--the literal one, not that crazy laser one they proposed--is harming the ecosystem that transcends the political borders between these two countries. Not for the first time, mind you--I had this bookmarked months ago, but the link died. Especially at risk are ocelots and, not intuitively, butterflies.

The border fence itself is moronic, from both a practicable policy standpoint and an ecological standpoint. What's next? A moat and black knight patrols? At least the butterflies could skitter across. At this point, though, those backing the fence seem too entrenched to let it go and look for other, more manageable solutions. Until then, looks like the wildlife will have to wait for amnesty programs or file and wait for work permits.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

border fence answer
Here in the Fraser Valley, British Columbia, Canada, thorny blackberry bushes are used to great success. They protect farmers fields, businesses, and railway tracks and they provide habitat for wildlife, birds and small mammals. There are types of blackberries that are suited to grow in the border states. As a bonus they make a great jam. I think this idea could take root. If you agree please let all levels of government, landowners, and others know.