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Capybaras: Floridas Newest Invasive Species

Discussion in 'Wildlife & Nature Conservation' started by Loxodonta Cobra, 18 Aug 2016.

  1. Loxodonta Cobra

    Loxodonta Cobra Well-Known Member

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    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

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    actually the article specifically says the capybara is not yet an invasive species, it simply has a small population in the wild in Florida. The article from which that article was based (here: https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/wi...y-be-poised-be-florida’s-next-invasive-rodent) goes into a bit more detail, and also says that it is only suspected rather than proven that the capybara are an established population. They compare capybara to coypu, which are invasive - however the two species have completely different habits and I don't think any comparison is apt.
     
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    They have been feral in Florida for at least 20 years. Was told once that they were probably escapes from Lubee back when they had more than just bats.