In Australia, a single rabbit without natural predators was released in the wild; and, after years of doing what rabbits do best, Australia is now facing ecological devastation from more than 200 million of these bunnies. In other parts of the world, toxic caterpillars, exploding ants and deadly fungus are wrecking havoc and overtaking native species.
Regardless of their outer appearance, non-native plants and animals can seriously harm local ecosystems. Follow these steps to help protect Alaska’s wildlife:
• Familiarize yourself with invasive species.
• If you see something, report it.
• Provide pictures and precise locations, when possible.
Learn more here.
– Megan O’Malley, The Alaska 100