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Stealthy Border Crossers:

Following the some of the same secret routes utilized by drug smugglers, stealthy predators are making their way into the United States from Mexico. According to the New York Times, male jaguars have crossed the border from Mexico in recent years. As yet there's no evidence that jaguars have been breeding in the U.S. If there were, this could complicate border control policy insofar as areas along the border could be declared critical habitat for the animal -- a move some environmentalist groups already urge. According to the story, one group has already filed suit on the issue, so the question may get resolved in federal court.

Bruce Hayden (mail) (www):
I don't see the question being resolved against the government and the fence in the long term. After all, both the endangered species act and the fence are laws, and if a court gives priority to one, Congress can just as easily override.

Add to this that this would only be a technical violation - this appears to be an animal that is expanding its range into this country, and to endanger the country for that reason is not likely to prevail in the long run.
10.10.2006 10:30am
rbj:
So are these Mexican jaguars taking away jobs from American jaguars?

(sorry, couldn't resist)
10.10.2006 11:17am
JosephSlater (mail):
RBJ:

There are some jobs American jaguars just won't do.
10.10.2006 11:41am
Hei Lun Chan (mail) (www):
A fence would never work to stop those jaguars from crossing the border. They could just build tunnels.
10.10.2006 12:43pm
Milhouse (www):
Do the jaguars hire coyotes?
10.10.2006 1:18pm
NickM (mail) (www):
Jaguars and crocodiles may be more effective than the threat of deportation at deterring illegal immigration.

Nick
10.10.2006 1:28pm
Sigivald (mail):
Shouldn't a foreign jaguar be deemed an "invasive species" and exterminated, rather than protected?

That is, if you're a stasist environmentalist, which seems to be the only type around these days...
10.10.2006 1:50pm
CDU (mail):
Jaguars were here before there was a United States (and fossilized remains found as far north as Missouri), so they're hardly an invasive species. More like a returning one.
10.10.2006 4:50pm
PersonFromPorlock:
What does it tell us about our laws when enforcing all the laws brings things to a screeching halt?
10.10.2006 5:15pm