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Louisiana recruiting for fight against nutria

4 years 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, August 14 2017 Aug 14, 2017 August 14, 2017 2:08 PM August 14, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.

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