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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
U.S. Department of Agriculture
The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) is the research unit of the USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services program. Scientists and support staff are dedicated to finding solutions to challenging wildlife damage management problems related to agriculture, natural resources, property, and human health and safety.
Human-wildlife conflicts, wildlife damage, nuisance and pest animals, wildlife disease, invasive species, overabundant wildlife, and overall ecosystem health are just some of the topics studied by researchers at the National Wildlife Research Center.
National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 LaPorte Avenue, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521 970-266-6000 | NWRC@usda.gov
The presence of livestock and wildlife in and near riparian areas can lead to contamination of streams through direct contact or from runoff polluted with feces and urine. Subsequent use of contaminated water has been linked to disease outbreaks in people. Feral swine may significantly contaminate and alter the functionality of riparian ecosystems given their ability to dig and overturn soil which can lead to increased erosion and runoff.