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Nutria are South American semi-aquatic rodents similar to our native muskrat and beaver.
Credit: USFWS

First invasive nutria population since 2002 confirmed in Delaware

Following on a lead from an alert fur buyer, biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services confirmed the presence of a nutria population on a pond near Marydel, in west-central Delaware. Maryland’s nutria population was established when nutria escaped or were intentionally released from fur farms in the 1940s. 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.

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Published on: Thursday, January 19,2012

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