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Monday, February 12, 2018

Invasive 20-pound rodents increasingly burrowing into California

A giant invasive rodent with the ability to destroy roads, levees and wetlands has been discovered in Stanislaus County.

Weighing in at 20 pounds and measuring 2 feet, 6 inches long, plus a 12-inch tail, the nutria live in or near water. They're also incredibly destructive.

“They burrow in dikes, and levees, and road beds, so they weaken infrastructure, (which is) problematic for flood control systems,” California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira said.

When nutria aren’t burrowing, they’re eating. They can consume 25 percent of their body weight each day in vegetation, but they waste and destroy 10 times that.

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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

They must be talking about Nancy Palosi, don't she have a home in California?

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a candidate fur citizenship in California. Will be protected by the flakes then want the rest focus to support them

Anonymous said...

Steny Hoyer gave a pair to Nancy Pelosi

Anonymous said...

Didnt the Md DNR bring that invasive species to the Eastern Shore--oh sorry the gov doesn't make mistakes

Anonymous said...

Actually it was some work done on purpose trappers brought them here because they thought they would thrive in the marshes here like they did down south in order to bring a better pelt That’s the fur for anyone who doesn’t know Mr. Robbins and a few others from down the Wingate and around that area down towards the marshes of Elliotts island release those bad boys as a matter of fact boys from down south brought them up here during one of the skining competitions

Anonymous said...

Maryland has been spending tax $$$ every year since, trying to eradicate these animals. They're part of why the Bay is sick.

Anonymous said...

They are called Democrats.

Anonymous said...

Nutria are edible. Please eat them.

Anonymous said...

Rats are edible too, but....

Anonymous said...

Is there an unlimited open season on them,if there isn't there should be. Maybe even a bounty.

Anonymous said...

The good ole boys are hunting these things down and getting so much per head (bounty) while being paid by the government. Doesn't make sense to me. 3:38 has it right....pull the pay checks (incentive to let them live and thrive) and offer the bounty. Pelts are ugly!!!