Invasive Animals in Arkansas
Most invasive vertebrate pests have been introduced by humans. Sometimes the introduction is accidental.
The invasive species listed here are not native to North America, and their proliferation has created problems. These include health issues to humans and/or livestock, economic decline affecting Arkansan's livelihoods, ecological and habitat degradation, and out-competing native species.
The primary invasive animal of concern in Arkansas is feral hogs.
Feral hogs, feral swine, wild pigs, wild boars - they are all the same, Sus scrofa. They wallow in and pollute our streams and compete directly with wildlife for food. The damage they cause to our fields and forests is astounding.
Other invasive animals
The northern snakehead is a destructive fish from Asia that was first identified in Arkansas in 2008. Arkansas Game and Fish attempted to eradicate the pest with limited success. Asian carps are also prevalent in Arkansas waters. Check out our invasive fish page to learn more about what to do if you encounter these species.
Additional Invasive Pests
If you are looking for information about invasive diseases, go here.
Image: Ned Tisserat, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
If you are looking for information about invasive insects, go here.
Image: Debbie Miller, USDA Forest Service, Bugwood.org
If you are looking for information about invasive plants, go here.
Image: David Teem, Auburn University, Bugwood.org