Louisiana recruiting for fight against nutria
NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana is recruiting coastal landowners, trappers and hunters for its fight against nutria - an invasive rodent that eats so much aquatic vegetation that it threatens swamps and marshes.
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist Catherine Normand says a lot of private property isn't enrolled, and the owners are missing a chance to protect their property and the coast.
Nutria eat constantly, demolishing the plants that hold together fragile marshes. In most of the world, they're called coypu.
Those who want to collect Louisiana's $5-per-tail bounty can hunt or trap the rodents themselves. The department can connect others with interested hunters and trappers.