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Biology and impacts of Pacific island invasive species 9. Capra hircus, the feral goat, (Mammalia: Bovidae)

Pacific Science

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DOI: 10.2984/67.2.1

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Abstract

Domestic goats, Capra hircus, were intentionally introduced to numerous oceanic islands beginning in the sixteenth century. The remarkable ability of C. hircus to survive in a variety of conditions has enabled this animal to become feral and impact native ecosystems on islands throughout the world. Direct ecological impacts include consumption and trampling of native plants, leading to plant community modification and transformation of ecosystem structure. While the negative impacts of feral goats are well-known and effective management strategies have been developed to control this invasive species, large populations persist on many islands. This review summarizes the impacts of feral goats on Pacific island ecosystems, and the management strategies available to control this invasive species.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Biology and impacts of Pacific island invasive species 9. Capra hircus, the feral goat, (Mammalia: Bovidae)
Series title:
Pacific Science
DOI:
10.2984/67.2.1
Volume
67
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
Publisher location:
Honolulu, HI
Contributing office(s):
Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center
Description:
36 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Pacific Science
First page:
141
Last page:
156