Feds, Far Left Wildlife Groups Using Bogus ‘Endangered Species’ Claims to Block Border Wall

Far left wildlife conservation groups are collaborating with a federal government agency to stop construction the border wall from being built.

They are pushing bogus claims that unimpeded trans-border corridors are essential to an “endangered species” with 99{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322} of its population in Mexico according to Judicial Watch.

Via Judicial Watch:

Wildlife conservation groups are collaborating with a federal government agency to halt construction of the southern border wall by fudging science to claim that unimpeded trans-border corridors are essential to an “endangered species” with 99{c18972fae7bad54fccba2a5109f73c6e4ffe73508739d7249e14c4c49d351322} of its population in Mexico. Under the plan, large areas of Arizona and New Mexico would be prohibited from erecting a border wall so that jaguars—which don’t even occupy the area—can roam back and forth between the two countries. More than ¾ million acres in Arizona and New Mexico would be designated as critical habitat for jaguars under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), which specifically states that critical habitat can only be designated for the United States.

Judicial Watch obtained records from Arizona’s Game and Fish Department, local governments and one of the biologists fighting the effort to designate the area a “critical habitat” for jaguars. It’s been a years-long battle that started in 2012 when the Obama administration relaxed ESA requirements to make designation of critical habitat easer for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This includes lowering scientific standards and essentially caving in to leftist groups. The result, according to biologist and attorney Dennis Parker, is more restrictions on private property, grazing, mineral exploration and development not to mention national security. Furthermore, no scientifically verifiable record of jaguar breeding exists in the area and only lone, transient male jaguars are occasionally and peripherally occurrent, Parker said. In a document addressed to USFWS, Arizona’s Game and Fish Department states that “habitat essential to the conservation of the jaguar does not exist in either Arizona or New Mexico under any scientifically credible definition of that term.”

One of the world’s leading big cat experts, Dr. Alan Rabinowitz, confirms that less than one percent of the jaguar habitat in the world is in the United States and that there’s nothing about the lands in the southwest U.S. that make them critical to the continued survival of the jaguar as a species.

This should come as no surprise to us as far left environmental groups have worked hard to halt many projects across the country, attacking many different industries. Far left wildlife groups have their talons locked in everywhere. Most of their claims are based on fudged, bogus science.

Read the rest of Judicial Watch’s report here.

 

 

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