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2008-12-09 14:25:00

Only months after being told to save the world from climate change by consuming kangaroos, Australians were urged Tuesday to start eating camels to keep them from wreaking environmental havoc. Australia's population of more than a million feral camels "” the largest wild herd on earth "” is out of control and damaging fragile desert ecosystems and water sources, according to a three-year study. In attempt to make its case, the Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Center, which...

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2008-08-21 15:15:00

Pigs have gone wild with destructive results in parts of New Jersey, say authorities. Up to 100 feral boars have damaged golf courses, flower farms and other sites in Gloucester County. They are believed to be descendants of domestic pigs freed over 10 years ago and grown wild and potentially dangerous, The Star Ledger newspaper in Newark, N.J., reported Thursday. "We caught one boar that weighed in at about 250 pounds -- tusks and all," Christopher Boggs, a wildlife biologist with the U.S....

2008-06-06 06:00:00

By Scott Hadly, Ventura County Star, Calif. Jun. 6--Federal wildlife biologists are proposing to kill all wild cats now living on Navy-owned San Nicolas Island to protect endangered species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to use padded leg traps and hunters to eradicate what are believed to be 100 to 200 feral cats. Dogs also would be used to flush out some of the harder-to-catch cats, according to the plan. The wild cats would be shot or given a lethal injection on the...

2008-04-13 12:00:23

By Dusty Ricketts, Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach Apr. 13--MILTON -- Feral hogs that are multiplying in the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties have become public enemy No. 1. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering five three-day hunts targeting the hogs. Fred Robinette, district wildlife biologist for the FWC, said the wild hog population has exploded over the past three to four years. "It's really...

2008-02-28 06:00:00

Texas, like the rest of the nation, continues losing ground in its war against non-native, invasive species. This month, giant salvinia, one of the most destructive and persistent of alien aquatic plants, was documented for the first time in three more Texas lakes -- Rayburn, Palestine and Brandy Branch. Discovered in Texas in a single small pond in Houston only a decade ago, salvinia has spread to dozens of public and private waters across the eastern third of the state. Able to grow so...

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2008-02-19 12:45:00

If you're a land owner and animals such as coyotes or wild pigs are driving you hog wild, help may soon be on the way to control their numbers in a humane way "“ in the form of a birth control pill for animals being developed at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The concept would be to get it to wild animals through baited food, researchers say.Researchers are testing oral contraceptives "“ used in much the same way as in humans...

2008-01-04 15:00:21

HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to a recent state Supreme Court ruling, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today directed staff to begin developing regulations to allow the incidental taking of wild boars during certain hunting seasons. The draft regulations are expected to be ready for the Board of Game Commissioners to consider as part of its Jan. 29 meeting agenda. "On Dec. 27, a Supreme Court ruling, in effect, classified wild...

2007-08-22 10:22:08

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Scientists are looking at the impact of a population of feral cats roaming Mauna Kea on the Big Island. There's no count of the cats that have been found as high as the 10,000-foot elevation on the mountain's west slope, but researchers say they prey on birds and could pose a danger to humans because of the diseases they carry. Many of the wild cats are believed to carry multiple diseases, including toxoplasmosis, which could raise concern if they start blending into feral...

2005-11-28 01:02:35

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian...

2005-11-28 01:00:00

CANBERRA -- Australia has more feral pigs than people and exotic pests cost the economy more than A$700 million a year, damaging farms and the environment, a government report says. The 18-month inquiry found feral pigs, wild dogs, cats and rabbits were the most destructive pests in Australia, causing havoc for farmers, although feral deer, camels, foxes and horses also posed significant problems. "It is time to take control of this pressing problem facing Australian farmers," inquiry...


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Wild Horse, Equus ferus
2014-04-11 11:56:13

The Wild Horse (Equus ferus) is a species of the genus Equus, which includes as subspecies the modern domesticated horse as well as the undomesticated Tarpan, now extinct, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse. The Przewalski’s Horse was saved from the edge of extinction and reintroduced with success in the wild. The Tarpan became extinct during the 19th century, although it was a possible ancestor of the domestic horse, and roamed the steppes of Eurasia at the time of domestication....

Brumby
2014-04-03 12:32:21

The Brumby is feral horse that is found roaming free in Australia, with the largest population located in the Northern Territory. This breed is descended from horses that were released or escaped confinement during the early days of settlement in Australia. There are many theories about the origin of its name including one that suggests it is derived from the Aboriginal word baroomby, which means wild in the Pitjara Indigenous Australians’ language. Another theory suggests that the breed...

Banker Horse
2014-04-02 11:37:32

The banker horse is a breed of feral horse that can be found in the Outer Banks area of North Carolina. This breed is a descendant of the Spanish horse and the foundation stock is thought to have been brought to the America’s during the 16th century. It is thought that these horses may have become feral after surviving shipwrecks or after being abandoned during exploration or settlement expeditions. Although these horses roam free, they are not true wild horses because they are descended...

Wild Boar, Sus scrofa
2012-10-27 14:28:45

The wild boar (Sus scrofa) is native across many areas in Central and Northern Europe, Asia, and the Mediterranean Region. Its range was much larger centuries ago, extending into the British Isles, Korea, and many areas of Eurasia. This range is now smaller, due to hunting and captive boars re-entering the wild. Its range now extends to Indonesia, and it has been introduced into Australasia and the Americas, although this is mostly for hunting purposes. Other common names for this species...

Dromedary Camel, Camelus dromedarius
2012-08-24 14:19:35

The dromedary camel (Camelus dromedarius), also known as the Arabian camel, is a completely domesticated species that appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Domesticated”. It is thought that when wild, its native range was mainly in the Arabian Peninsula. It can now be found in South Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. The only dromedary camels that display wild behaviors are the population of feral camels in Australia, which were introduced in 1840. It prefers a...

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