Invasive Species

Invasive Wildlife Species Information

Python is an invasive species in the U.S. that is threatening the wildlife in the Everglades.
Python is an invasive species in the U.S. that is threatening the wildlife in the Everglades.

Definitions:

Invasive Wildlife Species: animals that are introduced (either on purpose or by accident) into an environment where they were not previously found that have a negative effect on the native species and/or habitat.

Native Wildlife Species: animals that are indigenous to the area, or naturally occurring.

Why are invasive species a problem?

Invasive species often disrupt ecosystems and threaten human interests by:

  • introducing new diseases to both wildlife and domestic animals,
  • damaging habitats because they lack predators in this new environment,
  • diminishing native species by predation or over-consumption of limited resources. Threatened and endangered species are often at particular risk, and
  • presenting potential injury risks to humans, as in the case of bites.

General Invasive Species Information Resources

Invasive Wildlife Species – U.S. Govt: A portal-like site detailing the federal government’s response to invasive species.

National Invasive Species Information Center – USDA: A comprehensive site covering: aquatics, wildlife, and microbe invasives as well as providing resources for management and mitigation.