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9 Invasive Species In The US (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 09/22/10 09:29 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 06:40 PM ET

In 2006, the US spent 1.2 billion dollars fighting invasive species. That figure does not include the costs of the animals themselves, which cause property damage, crowd out and eat endangered animals, root up crops, attack people, and just generally make things difficult.

These species are diverse, from all different continents, but they have one thing in common: people put them here. Whether unintentionally on shipments from Asia or Africa, or former pets released into the wild, these animals (and one plant) have turned America into their predator-free playground.

We've gathered up only nine invasive species in this slideshow, but there are literally hundreds more pest, plant, and animal immigrants out there.

Africanized honeybee
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In 1957 a prominent scientist imported African Honey Bees to his lab to breed them with native honey bees. A few bees escaped the lab, forming swarms that spread across South America and up into the southern United States. Now the "killer bees" have been confirmed in Texas, Nevada, Arizona, California, and New Mexico.

They are quick to defend themselves, and have been known to kill human and animals by inflicting 500 or more stings. They have also been known to chase someone for a quarter mile.

If you encounter a swarm or disturb a nest the USDA advises you to RUN (their emphasis) and don’t stop running until you reach shelter or you’ve outrun them completely. Don’t jump in the water; they will wait for you to come up for air. Once you are in a safe place, pull out any stingers by scraping it out sideways with your nail or a credit card.
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This Alien
I like them here
Get them out!

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