Nature Conservancy Southmost Preserve Has Concerns With Border Fence


POSTED: Thursday, November 29, 2012 - 5:09pm

UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 5:04pm

It's a beautiful site, The Nature Conservancy in Brownsville Southmost Preserve sits on 1,034 acres of land. The preserve is home to the Sabal Palm Forest.

"These taller trees are over 100 years old. There are individuals that are 120-150 years old."

Maxwell Pons is the preserve manager.
He says this area is a home to some amazing animals.

"Coyotes, bats, bobcats, long tail weasels."

This preserve property also has something man made by the federal government, the Border Fence.
Now 170 acres of the preserve is north of the fence and 864 acres lies south of the fence.

"Too many unknowns we don't know the long lasting affects it’s defiantly a barrier, it's a glorified game fence and restricts the moment of many species."

"The property next to the conservancy you really see the challenges mammals face as you see this portion of the border wall there is concrete."

Back on the preserve property Pons says the government added these small gaps every 50 feet which are supposed to allow animals to go back and forth.

"I don’t see where its efficient for the larger mammals like adult coyotes and raccoons they have difficulty getting through the 4 inch gap their heads are still too big."

Pons says the larger animals are using the large roadway gaps instead, but soon there could be a big problem when Pons says the Federal government is going to be installing sliding gates which will close this gap.

"When the gates go in what's going to happen? Your guess is as good as mine, they are going to have to find some way else to cross or just going to have to adapt to living on one side the fence."

The preserve says they will see how things go in the future for these mammals as they government plans to add these sliding gates.

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