The Museum of Coastal Carolina will have a program titled Wild Boar Invasion February 25 at 11 am.
The program will be presented by the museum’s education coordinator, Maria Knapik. She will reveal how these animals are an invasive species. Wild boars can eat almost anything, reproduce rapidly, and can live almost anywhere. They have been reported in at least 45 states and their populations now exist as far north as Michigan, North Dakota, and Oregon. These animals compete for food and space with native wildlife species, especially game animals such as deer and turkey. In the Southeastern US, competition for food is highest during late summer and fall when muscadines, persimmons, and acorns are available. They also are significant predators of eggs and newly hatched young of sea turtles, small mammals, frogs, crabs, mussels, and snakes.
The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.