Salisbury, MD – The Chesapeake Bay throughout Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been invaded by nutria, a semi-aquatic rodent indigenous to South America. For the past twelve years, intensive control efforts have been undertaken by eradication specialists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
USDA efforts have been successful, and the last known nutria population is believed to inhabit the Wicomico River between Salisbury and Ellis Bay. USDA’s Wildlife Services is cooperating with private landowners in the area and other State and Federal agencies to eliminate this destructive mammal and save our marshes.
Staff will be on hand to discuss the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project and answer questions about nutria on Friday, March 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Pemberton Historical Park in Salisbury, Md. Attendees can learn how South American nutria came to Delmarva and how they have impacted the ecosystem. The efforts for systematic removal by a dedicated team of wildlife specialists supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources and other private agency partners will also be shared.