Ungullate Case Study

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Group 1: How might the ungulates introduced to Hawaii affect the habitats of native birds? Ungulates, which included cattle, goats, pigs, sheep and horses, are seen to cause devastation of native plants and forests that are the native birds’ habitats. Also, majority of the bird species living in the main island are being restricted to live only on 2 forests because of the decrease in forests; however, due to the feral cattle that eat through native forests, they are threatening the native forest birds and their habitats. Pigs and goats are also seen to cause a serious damage by feeding on native tree ferns and young trees, destroying the woods in which the birds nest. Pigs also consumed fruits of introduced plants, helping the alien species

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