Half a million nutria killed from Nov-March

Half a million nutria killed from Nov-March

POSTED: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 12:19pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 - 12:19pm

HOUMA, La. (AP) - A state report finds nearly half a million nutria were trapped and killed under last year's nutria-control program, the most ever recorded in the efforts' decade-long run.

Most of those swamp rats were trapped in Terrebonne, a parish that takes the hardest hit from the nutria's hunger for wetland grasses.

In the 2009-10 season, 445,963 nutria tails, worth about $2.2 million in government-paid bounties, were collected from 306 participants.

About 42 percent of those hunters turned in 800 or more tails.

The Courier reports Terrebonne trappers turned in 106,226 rat tails for cash, far more than any other parish. Plaquemines and St. Mary parishes followed, with 69,294 and 67,631 tails, respectively.

Lafourche Parish trappers turned in 39,564 tails.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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