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Invasive Species — Rock Dove (Columba livia)

Species Affected

Rock doves can be crop pests. Also, because of their large aggregations, they can displace native birds in developed areas. However, the largest concern is that rock doves carry a variety of parasites and pathogens that could suppress the health of native birds in Alaska. It is less likely that rock doves will transmit diseases to humans, but it has been a concern because rock doves are a known carrier of avian influenza.

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