Invasive Wildlife Species Information
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 – USDA: 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.