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We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it?

We love to hate the common myna, but what should we do about it? | this curious life | Scoop.it
In Australia we are all too familiar with devastating environmental impacts of introduced species such as foxes, rabbits and cane toads.

 

'In 2005 the Australian community voted the common myna as the top “pest problem that needs more control”. They were more worried about mynas than cane toads, foxes, feral cats and rabbits. Many scientists, on the other hand, question the seriousness of myna impact and the type of management (if any) that is warranted.'

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An Invasive Plant Is Killing Wombats in Australia | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network

An Invasive Plant Is Killing Wombats in Australia | Extinction Countdown, Scientific American Blog Network | this curious life | Scoop.it

When an otherwise nocturnal wombat shows up in the daylight, acting lethargic and having trouble walking, you know that animal is in trouble.

 

When thousands of wombats turn up sick, emaciated, balding and dying, you know you have a crisis.

That’s what’s happening in Murraylands, South Australia, where up to 85 percent of the region’s southern hairy-nosed wombats (Lasiorhinus latifrons) are sick or dying, apparently the victims of invasive plants that have taken over the local ecosystem.

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8 Species That Are Threatening to Swarm the Globe

8 Species That Are Threatening to Swarm the Globe | this curious life | Scoop.it
It's paradoxical that there are some species out there that we just can't exterminate, and not for want of trying. These creatures breed out of control and march steadily forth, taking human territory miles at a time.
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