Is she STUPID? ""We have no idea...how they were re-introduced,"...or if there was an isolated population out there that we didn't know about...Tira said.... Tira said they're also "big breeders." When they reach reproductive maturity at six months, they reproduce at an astonishing rate. The wildlife department reports "one female nutria can result in more than 200 offspring, which can disperse as far as 50 miles." ALL it would take would be ONE male and ONE female.
I find it interesting that they've given up on complete "irradiation". How about extinction? If we'd go at them like we did the passenger pigeon, Tasmanian wolf, etc., why not?
Oregon has been dealing with them for years. They are just like beavers but without the paddle tail. Brought to this country by well-meaning but idiot people who thought they could reinvigorate the beaver fur trade. Now they are a problem.
I'm confused. One part of the article says people are allowed to kill 5 per day. Farther down it says "we don't want anyone to kill them." Which is it?
In my part of the country - we have muskrats. Smaller - but they do the same thing - breed like rats, bore holes in banks and dams, and eat all the vegetation. Because of this - we are allowed to kill them. In Ohio, it's even illegal to release them on state land. That's how much they are recognized as a problem critter. House cats can take care of muskrats (and my Maine Coon outdoor cats do just that) - but those Nutria are much larger. At any rate - California might want to consider killing them, while counting them.
"They destroy wetlands, flood control systems, cause severe soil erosion and damage levees. They also degrade water quality and can contaminate drinking supplies with parasites and diseases transmissible to humans, livestock and pets."Sounds an awful lot like humans.
Lori Markey I can't come and stay at your house anymore, because if I saw one of these, I will surely have a heart attack and die. lol