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Title: Terrestrial animals as invasive species and as species at risk from invasions

Author: Finch, Deborah M.; Pearson, Dean; Wunderle, Joseph; Arendt, Wayne

Date: 2010

Source: In: Dix, Mary Ellen; Britton, Kerry, editors. A dynamic invasive species research vision: Opportunities and priorities 2009-29. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-79/83. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development: 43-54.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: Including terrestrial animal species in the invasive species strategy plan is an important step in invasive species management. Invasions by nonindigenous species threaten nearly 50 percent of imperiled native species in the United States and are the Nation's second leading cause of species endangerment. Invasion and conversion of native habitats by exotic species can have detrimental effects on animal species by reducing habitat quality through changes in habitat structure, shelter, food availability, and community interactions. Managers need information about invasive animals and native animal responses to invasions to prepare management plans. Regulatory laws such as the Endangered Species Act require that potential effects on animal populations be evaluated before taking action to alter or restore habitats. "Injurious" invasive animal species must also be regulated under the Lacey Act.

Keywords: invasive species, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Forest Service Research and Development Invasive Species Strategic Program Area (SPA)

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Finch, Deborah M.; Pearson, Dean; Wunderle, Joseph; Arendt, Wayne. 2010. Terrestrial animals as invasive species and as species at risk from invasions. In: Dix, Mary Ellen; Britton, Kerry, editors. A dynamic invasive species research vision: Opportunities and priorities 2009-29. Gen. Tech. Rep. WO-79/83. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Research and Development: 43-54.

 


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