Invasive species have been identified as an international conservation crisis. Federal land managers have been mandated to control invasive species on their lands and to restore native species. Such action can have consequences for local communities that have incorporated the non-native species into their culture and economy. Previously managed by local stockmen as free-ranging livestock, feral hogs are now perceived by conservation professionals and advocates as an invasive species that threatens native plants and animals. We use the public scoping process associated with a proposed feral hog (Sus scrofa) management plan for a National Park Service managed biological preserve to examine how the scientific conceptualization of hogs as an invasive species undermines traditional claims to natural resources. We then offer some potential models of how elements associated with traditional stockmen culture might augment scientific management.
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Research Article| September 02 2009
Feral Hogs: Invasive Species or Nature's Bounty?
Human Organization (2009) 68 (3): 280–292.
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Priscilla Weeks, Jane Packard; Feral Hogs: Invasive Species or Nature's Bounty?. Human Organization 1 September 2009; 68 (3): 280–292. doi: https://doi.org/10.17730/humo.68.3.663wn82g164321u1
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