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February 12, 2018


Invasive 20-pound rodents increasingly burrowing into California

(Thanks to Le Petomane)


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I would suggest sending them to Washington, but I fear they would be considered under productive

Odd that there is no mention of the nutria being all over Louisiana. Some consider them good eating, but then they probably like haggis and Vegemite (tm).

The state is already lousy with burrowcrats.

Yes Jeff, 2 thoughts immediately sprang to mind:

1. Sauteed served with mushrooms and assorted spring vegetables
2. Fricasseed with a white wine sauce served over grits

I would think it pairs well with a late-season domestic cab, or perhaps a '14 or '15 shiraz from the north side of the yard. Something earthy, but not overly musky, with just a hint of mammal.

Say it with me: "Rodents of unusual size? I don't think they exist."

Or perhaps fava beans with a nice Chianti?

San Francisco just declared itself a nutria sanctuary city.

As many CA Illegal Immigrant Driver's Licenses' as neded are on the way.

Licenses? We don't need no stinkin' license.

We had nutrias in San Angelo, Texas and they were a problem for anyone living on a lake. They taste like pork.

Send them to Sacramento.

Burrowing or Borrowing? The interest does "add up", as they say....

According to this article, "Nutria can give birth to up to 200 offspring each year."

According to this website, nutria females can produce 2 litters per year of 4-6 offspring (average = 5, but are only capable of producing 6 litters.

Assuming that ten of the 20 sighted nutria are female, that's 80-120 offspring. Or as stated above, each male has 2-3 females .. so 15 females bearing an average 5 per litter, two litters per year .. that's 150. Pretty well short of 200.

JeffM - about 100 years ago when I was in the 8th grade in Shreveport and wearing furs was not yet frowned upon, the Nutria was considered commercially-significant furbearing wildlife. I think they were originally imported to combat water hyacinth. (Sort of like importing roaches to dispose of spilled food.)

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