486 pages | 88 Color Illus. | 37 B/W Illus.
Throughout North America, non-native wild pigs have become an ecologically and economically destructive invasive species. Though they are regarded as a popular game species by some, provide economic benefits to others, and are even engrained into societal heritage in some areas; wild pigs are responsible for an extraordinary amount of damage in both natural and anthropogenic systems throughout North America. As the density and range of wild pig habitat has substantially increased over the last several decades, the magnitude and diversity of their negative impacts are not yet fully realized or quantified. With various conflicts continually emerging, wild pig management is difficult and expensive to achieve. As a result, wild pigs represent one of the greatest wildlife management challenges North America faces in the twenty-first century.
Invasive Wild Pigs in North America: Ecology, Impacts and Management addresses all aspects of wild pig biology, ecology, damage and management in a single comprehensive volume. It assimilates and organizes information on the most destructive introduced vertebrate species in the United States, establishing a foundation from which managers, researchers, policy makers and other stakeholders can build upon into the future. The book provides comprehensive coverage of wild pig biology and ecology, techniques for management and research, and regional chapters. It is an asset to readers interested in wild pigs and the resources they impact, how to mitigate those impacts, and establishes a vision of the future of wild pigs in North America.
Introduction. Status and Trends of Wild Pigs Internationally. Taxonomy, History, Distribution in North America. Morphology and Physiology. Genetics. Food Habits. Behavior and Habitat Use. Population Dynamics. Diseases and Parasites that Impact Feral Swine and the Species they Contact. “Naturalized Niche” in North America. Damage to Resources. Natural –Competition/Interaction with Native Species, Ecosystem Impacts. Agriculture –Crop and Livestock. Human Health. Management History. Current Management Paradigms. Regional Chapters (will be spread throughout literature). Future/Calls to Action.