In an effort to halt President Donald Trump’s plans to erect a southern border wall, wildlife conservation groups and a federal government agency are working together to designate large areas of Arizona and New Mexico as critical habitat to an “endangered species” even if 99% of its population are in the Mexican side of the border, the Gateway Pundit said.
Environmental groups opposing the construction of the wall as well as their supporters in government plan to use the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to ensure that a border wall will not be erected along three-quarter million acres of land in Arizona and New Mexico, arguing that jaguars should roam freely between the two countries.
However, jaguars actually don’t even occupy this particular area, according to Arizona’s Game and Fish Department and Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, one the leading big cat experts in the country.
During the Obama administration, ESA requirements were relaxed to allow U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to easily make designation for critical habitats. This created more restrictions on private property, mineral exploration, grazing and enforcement of immigration laws.