Latest Invasive species News

Conservationists say some Maine residents killing wrong moth

May. 25, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

HOLLIS, Maine (AP) — Some nature advocates are worried that Maine residents are killing the wrong caterpillar as they seek to wipe out an invasive species that causes a rash with its toxic hairs. The browntail moth caterpillar is an invasive pest that can cause a rash and...

First invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal

May. 20, 2022 15:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — An invasive European green crab was captured this week in Hood Canal, the farthest south the species has been found in the Salish Sea. Volunteers with Washington Sea Grant trapped the male European green crab in Nick’s Lagoon near Seabeck in Kitsap County, The...

Wildlife officials warn of invasive frogs in Washington

Apr. 28, 2022 08:53 AM EDT

ISSAQUAH, Wash. (AP) — An invasive species is consuming and competing with native species in western Washington, including salmon. Scientists have spotted African clawed frogs in Issaquah, Lacey and Bothell, KING5 reported. The frogs were initially brought into the United States...

Plant this, not that: Native alternatives to invasive plants

Apr. 26, 2022 10:33 AM EDT

When my family moved into a new home in the spring of 2005, the only plants growing in the garden were a rhododendron by the front door and a few scattered daffodils and ferns. I was delighted to see a stunning perennial pop up a month later. Being little more than a fledgling...

Wildlife officials need help catching invasive tegu lizards

Apr. 23, 2022 03:11 AM EDT

STUART, Fla. (AP) — Some people spend their retirement traveling the world or relaxing at home. Sid Pennington spends his trapping the invasive lizards threatening native wildlife in his community. Pennington, 60, has singlehandedly captured at least 117 Argentine black and white...

For Earth Day, plant native plants, practice benign neglect

Apr. 21, 2022 08:38 AM EDT

Picture this: You step into your garden, and the beds are brimming with flowers that thrive on benign neglect. You seldom need to water them, and they don’t require much in the way of fertilizer, either. What’s more, you feel like Snow White as birds, bees and butterflies...

Georgia wildlife agency seeking reports of invasive lizards

Apr. 10, 2022 10:46 AM EDT

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s wildlife agency is asking residents to report sightings of an invasive lizard that can pose a threat to native species. The state Department of Natural Resources is trying to locate and remove South American tegus from Georgia before the...

Evers vetoes bill setting up hunts for farm-raised bovids

Mar. 31, 2022 18:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers vetoed a bill Thursday that would have allowed hunting ranches to raise bovids. That’s a term for cloven-hoofed mammals, including bison, buffalo, sheep, goats and antelopes. Republicans who introduced the bill argued that many such animals...

Celebrities: Monkeys near Florida airport delight visitors

Mar. 30, 2022 10:19 AM EDT

DANIA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — As departing jetliners roared overhead, an aging vervet monkey moped on a mangrove branch one recent afternoon in the woods he inhabits near a South Florida airport, his ego bruised. Mikey, as he is called by his human observers, has long been the...

Invasive plants endanger sea turtles, hurt SC sand dunes

Mar. 27, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — In late spring, beach vitex plants bloom gorgeous purple flowers that add a bright flash of color to beaches in the Carolinas. Those blooms come at a major cost, however. Beach vitex, an invasive species from the Korean peninsula, hurts sand dunes and...