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Mexican housing boom threatens black bears
Reuters ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | Robin Emmott

Posted on 08/15/2008 10:43:35 AM PDT by AuntB

More than 30 American black bears have been sighted in Known as Ursus americanus and native to North America, there are some 600,000 black bears across Canada, the United States and Mexico, but the large populations of northern Mexico are dwindling to a only a few thousand as deforestation and cities destroy their habitats.

The bears, with black fur and brown muzzles, stand often over 6.5 feet (2 meters) tall, live off plants, fruits and nuts, as well as carrion. But deforestation and droughts in northern Mexico can force many bears to seek food in rubbish dumps on the edge of cities such as Monterrey.

Attacks on humans are extremely rare.

President Felipe Calderon has made ending Mexico's acute housing shortage a central focus of this presidency, vowing to build 1 million homes a year.

Nuevo Leon state and its capital Monterrey make up about 7 percent of that target, or about 70,000 news homes a year.

With excavators gouging out chunks of mountainside and pushing into the national parks that surround Monterrey, activists say corrupt politicians are allowing developers to build in protected areas.

State officials deny any wrongdoing and real estate promoters say they are meeting infrastructure and housing demands in a growing city with the necessary permits.

"We have been demonized as developers but we are working within the law. If building in mountains was such a terrible thing, Switzerland wouldn't exist," said Everardo Garza, head of Nuevo Leon's real estate chamber. (Editing by Philip Barbara)

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Mexico
KEYWORDS: bears; economy; environment; housing; immigration; mexicans; mexico
" Despite the U.S. housing and credit crisis, Mexican banks have almost no exposure to the slump and are instead enjoying a credit boom on the back of unprecedented economic stability."

But yet we are sending 1.5 billion to them to fight crime. Millions more every year for the environment, schools, etc. etc.

If Mexico is in such fine economic shape they need their millions of citizens back!

1 posted on 08/15/2008 10:43:37 AM PDT by AuntB
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To: AuntB

An email sent by a friend:

Don’t forget come election time!!!!!!!

Subject: And this is just one state … I wonder what the stats for Illinois are?
This was a Calif. document, but it applies to other states as well. Illinois is a state that has yet to get serious about illegal immigration.
Okay my fellow taxpayers ... wonder why our state isn’t quite making the grade anymore? Just how many billions in the red can our state operate w/o doing something about it?

This is only one State...............If this doesn’t open your eyes nothing will !

From the L. A. Times
1. 40% of all workers in L. A. County ( L. A. County has 10.2 million people)are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
2. 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
3. 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
4. Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal , whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
5. Nearly 35% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally
6. Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
7. The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
8. Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
9. 21 radio stations in L. A. are Spanish speaking.
10. In L. A. County 5.1 million people speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
(There are 10.2 million people in L. A. County . )

(All 10 of the above are from the Los Angeles Times)

Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare. Over 70% of the United States ‘ annual population growth (and over 90% of California , Florida , and New York ) results from immigration. 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.

We are a bunch of fools for letting this continue

If this doesn’t open your eyes nothing will and you wonder why Nancy Pelosi wants them to become voters!

2 posted on 08/15/2008 10:46:59 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: freekitty

To the moderator: If I posted from someone we should be posting from; please remove. Thank you.

3 posted on 08/15/2008 10:48:40 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: AuntB

Are the American Black Bears eating the garbage that Mexican Black Bears won’t eat?

4 posted on 08/15/2008 10:54:27 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: AuntB

At least the bears are American citizens.

5 posted on 08/15/2008 11:00:11 AM PDT by whatshotandwhatsnot
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To: AuntB

The Mexican economy is doing well because so many U.S. factories have moved there, and all the illegals here taking U.S. jobs are senmding their money to Mexico.

As for the Reuters description of what bears eat, it is wrong. Bears also eat other species, not just carrion. In the Great Smoky Mountains National Park the bears are preying on the young elk that have been stocked as part of the elk reintroduction project.

It has hampered the project to the point park officials have relocated bears from Cades Cove so the elk have a better chance of survival.

These Mexican bears, if fairly close to the border, will migrate, unless they get too used to eating the garbage there. They always look for easy food, and when people and bears exist too closely, there will be attacks. We had another here last week, and have had two fatal attacks in the past 10 years, one a hiker who was stalked and eaten by a black bear.

6 posted on 08/15/2008 11:06:58 AM PDT by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: AuntB

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

7 posted on 08/15/2008 11:49:37 AM PDT by DarrellZero
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To: freekitty

Americans are a bunch of idiots.

8 posted on 08/15/2008 11:52:32 AM PDT by stevio (Crunchy Con - God, guns, guts, and organically grown crunchy nuts.)
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To: AuntB
Dumb posting alert!

I can think of dozens of reasons to oppose criminal illegal aliens, but anything to do with bears isn't one of them

In fact any ding-dong who raises any isues involving animals versus humans better realize that the humans will win every time in my book.

Call it a tiny compensation responding to mindless animal activism and PC...

9 posted on 08/15/2008 2:18:23 PM PDT by Publius6961 (You're Government, it's not your money, and you never have to show a profit.)
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To: Publius6961

I think it’s rather interesting that Mexico cares more about bears than it does their own people. But not surprising.

10 posted on 08/15/2008 2:24:00 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: Publius6961

I also think it’s quite special that Mexico’s economy is in such fine shape. You’d think their people would go home.

I rather preferred when our $ was worth more and Mexico was the bargain basement, not the USA.

11 posted on 08/15/2008 2:28:44 PM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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