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Conservationists file notice of intent to sue over shipping crates on border

Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to fill gaps in the border wall near Yuma has met with resistance from the Bureau of Reclamation and the Cocopah Tribe.

But the state may be planning to put shipping containers on a different stretch.

The Center for Biological Diversity says it appears the state is getting ready to place additional containers on the border, this time in Coronado National Forest east of Nogales.

The group has filed a notice of intent to sue if the containers are not removed. The area is a migration corridor for several endangered species.

Robin Silver, a spokesman for the center, said he’s concerned the containers will stop the animals but will do nothing to discourage people from crossing the border.

“You know, know, this particular area is a critically important movement corridor for jaguars and ocelots. In fact, in Arizona, it's the only one that’s left,” Silver said.

The state has 60 days to respond before the suit can move forward.

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.