The fences built across Europe have deeper, more damaging effects to the livings as a whole, including wildlife. Experts found that these barriers are not only separating human connection, but also literally kills its surrounding life.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, removal of the fences followed in 1989. This resulted to abundance in animal population, such as wolves and lynx. Because there weren't many developments within these areas, the locations became a wildlife's natural habitat.
However, in 2015 fences have started rising once again. Such as the barrier across Slovenia and Croatia to stop refugees from crossing, has also caused to the decline of animal population.
A team of researchers led by John Linnell of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research found that the fences are literally killing the animals. The barriers limit the access of many species to seasonal resources, and isolates the interaction of the animals to their possible mates. This resulted in weaker species, thus endangering their population.
The study titled Border Security Fencing and Wildlife published in PLOS Biology
, said the fences have harmed several species, including deer, moose, bison, and some carnivores.
For instance, there are 10 or 11 packs of wolves living by the Slovenian-Croatian fringe, and half of them are accustomed to living on both sides of the fence. But the barriers are keeping them on only one side, preventing them to achieve a healthy number of population.
The lynx has also shared a hideous fate. The species are being trapped on sharp razor fences, causing their death. Now, the lynx population is diminishing, and may even result in their local extinction.
Bears, too, are affected by the fence. Though their population can survive living on only one side of the barrier, there is also a noticeable increase in the bear's mortality rate.
Clearly, the war doesn't only harm the human race, it truly affects all the species, destroying the balance of the Earth. I am not hippie, but I believe, peace leads to prosperity of all. So, what the heck are we doing?