Cross-border cooperation, not walls

 

The recent jaguar article (“Cats along the border,” HCN, 5/30/16) highlights the importance of cross-border migration and habitat required by jaguars, ocelots, coati, javelina, opossum, skunk, deer and Mexican wolves in order to sustain viable populations. Donald Trump’s 20-foot wall all along the border would preclude that possibility and cause enduring harm to that ecosystem on both sides of the border.

What is important is a designation of a border ecosystem by Mexico and the United States to ensure the continued viability of flourishing populations of both plants and animals native to that area, with the cooperation and participation of local ranchers. Genetic diversity could be encouraged with cross-border cooperation that facilitates stronger animal communities by an exchange of animals across the border.

Wildlife migratory corridors should be designated, hunting and trapping prohibited, and corridor movement encouraged. 

John Shellenberger
Bozeman, Montana