"To have a fighting chance at controlling them, we have to know where they are and how many of them there are," Jim Gores, former Invasive Species and Wildlife Integrity Coordinator at ODFW
Invasive wildlife species are not native to the ecosystems to which they have been introduced and whose introduction causes or may cause economic or environmental harm. Invasive wildlife crowd out native plants and animals and become a serious problem. They alter habitats, increase wildfire risk, and reduce productivity.
Control of invasive wildlife species is one of the Six Key Conservation Issues of statewide concern in the Oregon Conservation Strategy.