Story: Introduced animal pests

Pig rooting, Wairau valley (1st of 2)

Pig rooting, Wairau valley

Wild pigs damage undergrowth by breaking up the earth in search of tasty roots. They also dig out invertebrates to eat, such as land snails. This reduces biodiversity and opens the ground to weeds.

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Bob Brockie, 'Introduced animal pests - Deer, goats, pigs and wasps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 June 2024)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015