Saturday, April 15, 2006

Nutria found in Seattle, Washington

A water-loving rodent native to South America that has destroyed thousands of acres of wetlands in the southeast has been spotted near Lake Washington. Nutria are semi-aquatic, chocolate-colored rodents that can weigh more than 20 pounds and eat one-quarter of their weight a day in crops and plants of all varieties. Also called coypu, or swamp rats, they burrow through marshes and levies, and females can produce more than a dozen offspring a year. Read about the Invasive Species Council created to track and develop methods to remove these rodents and other exotic invasives. How did nutrias come to US?

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