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Myles Traphagen: Border Barriers Hurt Our Region’s Wildlife

The Arizona Daily Star published this op-ed by our Borderlands Program Coordinator, Myles Traphagen, on January 18. In his article, Myles details the catastrophic effects the president’s proposed border wall would have on regional wildlife, including wolves, Sonoran pronghorn, and jaguars.

The number of jaguars documented in Arizona over the last 20 years would remain at seven, for a border wall would most certainly exclude any more from arriving, and the more common animals, many of them popular game species, could suffer localized extinctions and genetic depression from isolation.

In short, border walls will change the course of evolutionary history in North America.

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