Invasive Mammals Threaten Cuban Biodiversity

Some 30 invasive mammal species are reportedly causing significant damage to native fauna and the Cuban economy, Granma newspaper is reporting.

Such mammals include the black rat, the common mouse – called “guayabito,” the brown rat, wild dogs, feral pigs and the mongoose, the daily said.

The article is based on the book “Mamiferos en Cuba” (Mammals in Cuba), by the biologist Dr. Rafael Borroto.

Borroto says that these are non-autochthonous species introduced either deliberately or accidentally at different times in Cuban history.

These animals managed to establish themselves in rural and urban areas, where their population growth was uncontrolled, says Borroto.

Being predators and disease vectors, these mammals often cause significant damage to biodiversity by provoking a remarkable decrease in the number of native species, causing many to become extinct.

The Granma article suggests that despite a greater understanding about the challenges related to invasive mammals, more effective programs of management and control must be designed to mitigate impact and ensure the survival of Cuba’s biodiversity treasures.

Source | Prensa Latina Agency

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