What Happens When Exotic Pets Become Part of the Ecosystem

Exotic pets that do survive release and establish themselves will inevitably interfere with or disrupt the surrounding ecosystem. Many non-native species that begin to colonize an area compete for resources with native species and depending on their size, prey on them. In many cases, invasive species that establish their dominance in an area can have irreversible effects on the local habitat. In addition to damaging balanced ecosystems, invasive species also harbor foreign disease and can become public safety hazards.

My friend’s declawed exotic lynx escaped in Mammoth Lakes, California many years ago. It was very sad as the Lynx had no chance of survival – Eli Enki  

Source: Dog House, One Green Planet 
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