Feral Swine is New Invasive Species in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment signed an order to make feral swine and wild boar an invasive species starting July 11, 2011. These two species pose a great threat on the state’s ecosystem, agriculture, wildlife, humans and native species. The feral swines that are in Michigan escaped from hunting or breeding facilities. Since the effective date is not until next ...[Read More]

Federal Invasive Species Study Too Slow

For Immediate Release: December 15, 2010 Federal Invasive Species Study Too Slow Environmental groups call on feds to speed study and focus on permanent prevention of invasive species like Asian carp Chicago, IL—Environmental groups and dozens of concerned citizens today called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize and speed up the Chicago-area portion of its regional study of how to s ...[Read More]

Lakes adrift: Invasions demand leadership, action

Carp eradication projects in Tasmanian lakes an example for pest fish problems in Lake Michigan, USA. “If we see things coming for the better part of a decade, and we’re still not able to mount a response in time, there is something seriously wrong with the governance structure we have in place for dealing with invasive species today.” ...[Read More]

Invasive species have a ‘delayed legacy’, says report

Invasive species have a ‘delayed legacy’, says report By Mark Kinver Science and environment reporter, BBC News The full impact of an alien species on an area’s habitat may not come to light until decades after its intentional introduction, a report has warned. Researchers suggest that the seeds of future invasions have already been sown, making them difficult to control. The team of E ...[Read More]

CAKE Newsletter Highlights Climate Adaptation Case Studies

Visit the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange at: For a holiday special story on considering climate change read: And, for a pile of information on climate change and invasives, look for the “Search CAKE” box on the homepage and enter “invasive species” (ten pages ...[Read More]

Biodiversity Convention 10th meeting decisions relevant to invasive species

The 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) is now over, and the meeting was a success. The Parties agreed – among other points – on all key elements of the strategic plan for the next decade, including new targets to reduce the current pressures on the planet’s biodiversity. Several decisions taken in Nagoya address the problems caused by invasive spec ...[Read More]

Feral pig problems in the USA hit the Wall Street Journal

Texas Calls in the Law in Its Beef With Feral Porkers You Can’t Shoot Them From Helicopters in Dallas Proper; Subtlety Is Required […] Herds of feral pigs are menacing other urban areas around the country. In Oahu, Hawaii’s most populated island, the hogs descend from forests into nearby subdivisions, encountering humans, house pets, and—before the series ended in May—the cast of “Lost.” Oli ...[Read More]

Salmonella Infection in Illegally Imported Spur-Thighed Tortoises (Testudo graeca) Zoonoses and Public Health

Percipalle, M., Giardina, G., Lipari, L., Piraino, C., Macrì, D. and Ferrantelli, V. , Salmonella Infection in Illegally Imported Spur-Thighed Tortoises (Testudo graeca). Zoonoses and Public Health, no. doi: 10.1111/j.1863-2378.2010.01345.x Article Summary The prevalence of Salmonella infection was determined in a group of spur-thighed tortoises (Testudo graeca) seized during two smuggling attempt ...[Read More]

Anson Wong Jailed for 95 Snakes on a Plane -6 Months and $61,000 Fine

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) 9/6/10 – A Malaysian was jailed for six months and fined 190,000 ringgit ($61,000) for trying to smuggle 95 snakes out of the country, a sentence that campaigners said was too light. Anson Wong, already convicted of trafficking in wildlife in the United States in 2001, pleaded guilty last week and will start his sentence on Sept. 13. Under Malaysian law, Wong could have face ...[Read More]

Zoo faces state inspection after snake escape