Florida's New Invasive Species: Capybaras
Florida has a fairly lengthy list of nonnative species (also known as invasive species), already over five hundred species long. Newly added to the list are capybaras, a semiaquatic mammal and the world's largest rodents. Biologist Elizabeth Congdon, an assistant professor at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, said a known group of capybaras are living and breeding in Northern Florida while speaking at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. The likely origin of the group is an escaped pet, a common source of invasive species in Florida.
For more information on the capybara colony, see:
Colin Wolf, Orlando Weekly, "Florida now has a capybara problem," http://m.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2016/08/16/florida-now-has-a-capybara-problem (Aug. 16, 2016).
And for more information on nonnative species, see:
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida’s Exotic Fish and Wildlife, http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/.