Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Furrier Transforms

Note: This posts reads better if accompanied by "O Nutria," a song by Spinn and friends.

NOLA.com has a story about the newest plan to control populations of nutria (Myocastor coypus) in Louisiana: sell their fur to the Chinese. According to the Louisiana Fur and Alligator Advisory Council, an increase in demand for nutria fur will lead to better prices for pelts, which will lead to more hunters out there trapping nutria and removing them from the environment. The success or failure of the state's previous plan, which was to sell nutria meat...in Asia...is not readily apparent. Perhaps they will have more luck selling the outside than the inside, since as the article notes there is already a market for the fur.

3 comments:

biosparite said...

Sounds nutriatious.

Jenn said...

Are you sure you don't mean "nutrialiscious"? :-)

dbpitt said...

This has potential to be a bad thing. It could have an enormous effect on public opinion of their control or eradication, making such measures much more difficult for ecologists.