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Invasive Animals in Arkansas

Most invasive vertebrate pests have been introduced by humans. Sometimes the introduction is accidental.  An example is Norway rats which were transported overseas by early European explorers in ship cargo. Sometimes invasive species are introduced on purpose. Some attribute the recent proliferation of feral hog populations throughout the state to sport hunters releasing domesticated swine to expand hunting opportunities. (Releasing feral hogs is now illegal in Arkansas!)

The invasive species listed here are not native to North America, and their proliferation has created problems. These include health issues to humans and/or livestock, economic decline affecting Arkansan's livelihoods, ecological and habitat degradation, and out-competing native species. Fortunately, invading tropical species such as the Burmese python and brown tree snake, which are problems in Florida and Texas, do not survive cold winters in Arkansas.  

Spotted feral hog standing with group in sandy area

Feral Hogs

Feral hogs, feral swine, wild pigs, wild boars - they are all the same, Sus scrofa.  They wallow in and pollute our streams and compete directly with wildlife for food. Plus the damage they cause to our fields and forests is pretty astounding.

Image: National Park Service

Learn more about feral hogs

 

Additional Invasive Pests

Thousand-cankers disease of black walnut

Invasive Diseases

If you are looking for information about invasive diseases, go here.

 

Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State Univeristy, Bugwood.org

Emerald ash borer

Invasive Insects

If you are looking for information about invasive insects, go here.

 

Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org

Ornamental cogongrass

Invasive Plants

If you are looking for information about invasive plants, go here.

 

Image: David Teem, Auburn University, Bugwood.org

 

Contacts

Tamara Walkingstick Rebecca McPeake
Tamara Walkingstick
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000
Rebecca McPeake
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000
Jon Barry John Hopkins
Jon Barry
362 Hwy 174 N
Hope, AR  71801
870-777-9702
John Hopkins
2301 S. University Ave.
Little Rock, AR  72204-4940
501-671-2000

 

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