Extinction rates on islands globally are alarmingly high and often due to human related impacts and the presence of non-native species. To conserve biodiversity on islands inhabited by feral ungulate populations, land mangers may need to implement eradication programs to protect endemic species. However, eradication projects in general tend to have a high risk of failure for a variety of reasons. Recently, an island feral pig eradication was accomplished that successfully managed this risk and now provides a model for an efficient approach and methods that can be applied to eradication projects elsewhere.
Santa Cruz Island, off the coast of California, supports numerous endemic plant and animal species and also had a feral pig population negatively impacting natural and cultural resources on the island. Land managers, The Nature Conservancy and Channel Islands National Park, recognized the need for pig eradication and hired Prohunt Inc. of New Zealand to conduct the project.
|Author||Norm Macdonald & Kelvin Walker|
|Place published||Ventura, CA, USA|
|Documents||A New Approach for Ungulate Eradication