On the Wild Side!
E-Newsletter for the Chesapeake Bay Field Office


Rat out nutria!

Landowner brochure describing nutria.

Invasive nutria are South American semi-aquatic rodents similar to our native muskrat and beaver. Maryland’s nutria population was established when nutria escaped or were intentionally released from fur farms. Nutria are found on the Eastern Shore and in the Potomac and Patuxent Rivers on the Western Shore. The nutria’s destructive feeding habits have resulted in the loss of tens of thousands of acres of marsh to erosion throughout the Chesapeake Bay.

In 2002, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services program partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and private landowners to eradicate nutria from the Eastern Shore.

Do you have nutria on your land? Download a description and more information on this invasive pest by clicking on the photo.


Also, visit the Chesapeake Bay Nutria Eradication Project website for field identification information and contacts should you discover nutria on your land.

Last updated: January 18, 2012