Conserving Our Wild Border

June 23, 2012

Mountain lion is one of many species inhabiting the southern border of the United States. In an article for UT-San Diego, WCS conservationist Jon Beckmann discusses the importance of maintaining opportunities for animals to cross between borders.

The southern border region is one of the most bio-diverse areas in the United States and a crossroads for many carnivores. Today, the area is more widely known for the highly charged border politics involving people than for how those politics may affects the bears, jaguars, mountain lions and other wildlife that make the area home.

For hundreds of years, as national borders have been redrawn by various governments, these species have maintained a natural distribution across the region. A recent study provided insight into the critical role that movement corridors – the paths that wildlife follow to access seasonal resources such as various foods, water and mating opportunities – play in ensuring the persistence of bears and other large carnivores in this region.

To read the full article, visit U-T San Diego.

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