Invasive Species

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Six exotic organisms are present within the area and are impacting or have the potential to impact refuge lands. 


They are the feral horse (Equus caballus); feral hog (Sus scrofa); Asian clam (Corbicula fluminea); common carp (Cyprinus carpio); nutria (Myocaster coypus); and the gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar). Exotic plants that threaten refuge resources include the common reed (Phragmites australis) and alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides).
 

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The feral horse presence on Currituck National Wildlife Refuge is a controversial issue due to the impact they have on habitat and resources protected for birds.