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wppDelmarva down to its last few nutria thanks to eradication project

By Kathy Reshetiloff – Bay Journal – July 1, 2016
There is a light at the end of the tunnel as the fight to eradicate nutria from the Delmarva Peninsula nears the final phases. Nutria, South American aquatic rodents about the size of small beavers, were introduced to the Maryland part of the peninsula in the 1940s for fur trading. Since their introduction, nutria have wreaked havoc on thousands of acres of marshland on the peninsula through their destructive feeding habits. Nutria literally consume wetlands, eating roots and plants and ripping out vegetation to create resting platforms. These voracious rodents create circles of mud flats, called “eat outs,” which eventually become open water. For full article, click here.

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