In unpublished comments, USFWS calls border wall “significant impediment” to recovery of ocelots
The fight to save the endangered ocelot has pitted a federal agency that wants to keep the U.S.-Mexico border open for animal migrations against one that is seeking to plug the gaps.
Publicly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, whose strategy to save the spotted cat has included building corridors between the two countries, has declined to comment on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s efforts to seal the border. But in documents and internal emails, the agency has made clear it believes the wall is hurting ocelot recovery efforts.