Argentina: Wildlife and Wildlife Management

Submitted by Content on Thu, 2007/01/04 - 1:56pm.

Report prepared by Enrico Barbon and Ann Marie Gorecki, students in BCIT’s Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Program.

Argentina has 350 introduced species which are causing serious changes to the ecosystems. These include animals such as beavers, starlings, carp, and plants, such as the black acacia. These species reproduce rapidly and compete with Argentina’s native flora and fauna. It is illegal to introduce species to Argentina but it is a difficult law to enforce due to the country’s extensive borders. It is a challenge to contain species that have already arrived.

In Argentina, forty-seven species of wildlife are endangered and thirty-five are threatened. A critically endangered species is the Short-tailed Chinchilla (Chinchilla brevicaudata). Some endangered species include: Marine Otter (Lontra felina), Sei Whale (Balaenoptera borealis), South Andean Deer (Hippocamelus bisulcus) and the Southern River Otter (Lontra provocax).

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