invasive species

Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

Scientists Create Contraceptives for Grey Squirrels in the UK

Government scientists in the UK could soon begin tests for giving oral contraceptives for grey squirrels in the country. The hope is to control this invasive species without killing the animals. The current plan is to set up feeding boxes that only the grey squirrels can access, using hazelnut spread containing the contraceptives as bait. […]

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    118 Invasive Species Found in Illegal Zoo

    118 Invasive Species Found in Illegal Zoo

    In Gran Canaria, part of the Canary Islands, police have recovered 139 animals, most of which were invasive species and several of which are dangerous. The lineup includes iguanas, pythons, giant African snails, and caimans. Authorities, part of the Seprona environmental division of the Guardia Civil, investigated the property after the owner died, and word […]

    Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water

    Species Snapshot: The El Rincon Stream Frog Is in Hot Water

    By Federico Kacoliris The El Rincon stream frog only lives in hot springs at the headwaters of a small Patagonian stream. With just a handful of decimated populations remaining, the critically endangered frog is struggling to survive. Species name: El Rincon stream frog, also known as the Somuncura or Valcheta frog (Pleurodema somuncurense) Description: This […]

    Don’t Plant Mystery Seeds From China, Agriculture Authorities Warn

    Don’t Plant Mystery Seeds From China, Agriculture Authorities Warn

    At least 27 states have warned their residents not to plant any seeds they receive from mysterious, unsolicited packages that appear to have been sent from China, The New York Times reported Sunday. Agriculture officials also told anyone who received one of the packages to alert authorities. They are worried the seeds could harm the […]

    Hawaii’s Invasive Predator Catastrophe

    Hawaii’s Invasive Predator Catastrophe

    By John R. Platt It takes a lot of effort and more than a little bit of luck for researchers like André Raine to get to the remote mountaintops of Kauai, where they’re working to save endangered Hawaiian seabirds from extinction. First you need a helicopter capable of reaching sites more than 4,600 feet above […]

    Invasive Species Have Led to a Third of Animal Extinctions Since 1500

    Invasive Species Have Led to a Third of Animal Extinctions Since 1500

    The introduction of invasive species has been the primary cause of plant and animal extinctions over the past 500 years, a new study from University College London’s (UCL) Center for Biodiversity and Environment Research found. The study, published Monday in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, looked at 953 extinctions since 1500 and found that […]