Trump’s wall could drive animals to extinction

Experts say the promised wall along the Mexican border will not just impact humans. Dozens of endangered animals that move freely across the line will face debilitating conditions, including loss of access to food and water.

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

A shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico highlights wildlife with a mural of a coyote. (November 14, 2016)

US President Donald Trump’s promised wall between the US and Mexico might not only keep immigrants out of the country; it could drive some animals to extinction.

The narrative around the wall has mostly revolved around the negative effects of the wall on human society. The impact on nature has not been discussed much.

Experts say at least 80 endangered or threatened species would be impacted by the wall which will pass through wildlife reserves on both the US and Mexican sides of the border.

Species at risk will include the jaguar, wolves, deer, and the mountain lion, which is critically endangered with a population of less than 100.

The wall will make it harder for animals to move and breed, and effectively destroy their natural habitats.

"Having a physical barrier such as a wall would prevent animals from reaching the north or south and finding water or finding shelter," El Pinacata and Gran Desierto Reserves Head of Natural Resources Miguel Angel Grageda said. 

TRT World’s Christine Pirovolakis reports.