Species of the Week. . .
The true definition of an exotic animal is any critter that has been transplanted from its native range and habitat into an area to which it is not native. That covers a pretty wide swath from what we now call “invasive species” like the Asian carp to a highly lauded game species like the ring-necked pheasant that today seems as American as Mom and apple pie. In North America, the most common and widespread exotic big game is the wild hog. There were no true porcine species in North America before pigs were brought here by Europeans in the 1500s. Depending on who you consult, the wild hog is either a respected game animal or just a vastly overpopulated invasive species.
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