by Jeff Cornish January. 21, 2014 4229 views

The coypu (from the Mapudungun, koypu), (Myocastor coypus), also known as the river rat, and nutria, is a large, herbivorous, semiaquatic rodent and the only member of the family Myocastoridae. Originally native to subtropical and temperate South America, it has since been introduced to North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa, primarily by fur ranchers. Although it is still valued for its fur in some regions, its destructive feeding and burrowing behaviors make this invasive species a pest throughout most of its range.

Coypus live in burrows alongside stretches of water. They feed on river plants, and waste close to 90% of the plant material while feeding on the stems.

The State of Louisiana pays a bounty of $5 per tail, as these pests destroy larges stretches of the Bayou. My guide on an air boat tour said he personally killed about 6,000 last year. Hunters can barely slow down their growth.

Bringing in a new species is another good idea gone bad.

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Agnes Felber 7 years, 6 months ago

Nutria coats were very much in style in my childhood! I envied everybody who had one!

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Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 6 months ago

I looked around for a gun seeing this image!

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Gillian Parsons 7 years, 6 months ago

What is the answer who know's but play with nature as we do in this world, nature will always award you with a little pest or two in return.

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Yokai - 7 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful capture, good closeup of it !

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Dan Ravasio 7 years, 6 months ago

with a gun... not a camera...

7 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 6 months ago

as a child... when I fished along streams I shot similar animals.... somethings never change

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