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Monday, May 21, 2007


From the Baltimore Sun comes news of an ambitious project to rid the Chesapeake of the invasive semi-aquatic rodent known as the nutria (Myocastor coypus). State and federal officials, buoyed by the successful eradication of nutria within Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, are slowly but surely hunting and trapping the nutria of Maryland's marshlands out of existence. Biologists are predicting the job could be done but for the monitoring within the next seven years. With a cost of about a million dollars a year, I'm sure government officials are happy to hear that there is an end in sight.

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I hear all the fashionistas with nutria coats sobbing. (they're a little cheaper than mink)

*okay I know they're farmed.. it just makes me scratch my head that they're invasive rodents and ever so expensive to put on your back*

By Blogger fuzzyturtle, at 5/23/2007 08:37:00 AM  

You are not thinking about this the right [capitalistic] way fuzzy - think "eco fur" :-)

By Blogger Jennifer Forman Orth, at 5/23/2007 10:52:00 AM  

forget nutrias... it's Gambian rats that are coming!!

By Blogger budak, at 5/28/2007 01:17:00 AM  

Yes, yes, now go read more about that here :).

By Blogger Jennifer Forman Orth, at 5/29/2007 01:11:00 AM  

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