WA residents unhappy with state's decision to kill nutria
OLYMPIA, WA (NBC/KING) — If you hear gunshots around Olympia, Washington's Capitol Lake this week, don't worry. Unless you are a nutria.
The state has paid the U.S. Department of Agriculture $5,000 to shoot and kill as many nutria as the two-person crew can find.
There may be as many as 40 nutria living around the lake.
"They can displace native animal and plant species. They can carry diseases," said Curt Hart with the state's Department of Enterprise Services.
Hart said a nutria's burrowing can damage roads and bridges around the lake.
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