Problem Species on the Wichita Mountains

Some plant and animal species are non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem they are found in and whose introduction causes, or is likely to cause, economic or environmental harm, or harm to human health. Problem species can be plants, animals, or pathogens.

  • Feral Hogs

    Feral hog sow

    Feral hogs are exotic and a nuisance species that compete with native wildlife for food as well as cause disturbance to habitat. They can also serve as disease reservoirs and pose a threat to the health of both humans and other animals.

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  • Problem Plants

    Curly dock

    Problem plants on the refuge displace native plant communities and can radically change the nature of the habitats they invade. They may crowd out native plants that wildlife on the refuge depend on for food and cover.

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