Did you know that the second largest threat to biodiversity is invasive species?
That’s right after habitat loss.
Non-native species can come from other countries or from right here in Canada. And while some of these non-native species can actually be beneficial, some can be invasive – becoming predators, competitors, parasites, and can even bring diseases to our native wildlife. With few predators they can spread rapidly and can:
- Reduce biodiversity
- Disrupt food webs
- Degrade habitat
- Impact species health
- Interfere with our recreational activities
- Cause major economic damage
Once established, they are difficult to control or eradicate and their impacts are often irreversible.