By Mark Schleifstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
on January 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM, updated January 16, 2014 at 8:02 PM
Bounty hunters have made significant progress in getting rid of one of the biggest culprits blamed for Louisiana’s rapidly eroding coastline: the nutria. During the 2012-13 hunting season, hunters used rifles, shotguns and traps to kill 388,160 of the four-legged, orange-toothed critters that love to eat wetland grasses down to the roots, according to a report delivered to a federal-state coastal restoration task force on Thursday.
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Sean Breslin Published: May 9, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT weather.com
They’re huge, they’re nasty, and now, they’re becoming an invasive problem for Louisiana.
The swamp rats known as nutria are chewing away at the wetlands of the state’s Gulf Coast, and as the plants are eaten, the soil previously held in place by the vegetation erodes away, according to USAToday.com. Thus, Louisiana is getting smaller, and there’s less of a buffer to protect New Orleans and the surrounding areas from big storms.
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