Donald Trump called for a ban on Mexican wolf re-introduction programs that have been in place for decades, programs aimed at restoring the wolf to it’s historical place in the southwestern US’s ecosystem.
The Mexican wolf, canis lupus baileyi, has historically inhabited the southwest states, yet Trump railed against wolf re-introduction efforts in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas while speaking at a rally.
“You’ve got these Mexican wolves and they’re taking the place of decent American wolves. We don’t know anything about these Mexican Wolves, they could have diseases or be genetically inferior. We need a ban on them until we find out what the hell is going on.”
This roused the crowd which broke into a chant of “Hey ho! Hey ho! Mexicans have got to go!”
Then Trump launched in to a bizarre analogy of illegal immigrants and Little Red Riding Hood.
“You have to look at the story of Red Riding Hood: the real moral of the story is that the Grandma and Little Red Riding Hood didn’t pay attention to the signs of the wolf being a wolf and then they were eaten. The liberals are just the same with illegal immigrants, they’re not realizing the obvious signs of danger until they become lunch for the wolf.”
Environmentalists ridiculed Trump’s proposed Mexican wolf ban along with his fantasized border wall as a disaster for wildlife.
Meanwhile the real fight took place between New Mexico and US federal agencies who battled in court for legal authority over the wolf re-introduction program.