Watch Out For Nutria, A Rodent That Invaded Northern California And Kills Off Wetland Habitats

The sheer abundance of wildlife in Northern California is something we definitely treasure. From the rare sightings of beautiful animals like Tule Elk to more common sightings of birds and small animals, we never take for granted our access to wildlife here in the Golden State.

However, invasive species are a different story. Often times, non-native animals in California do a lot more harm than good, as is evident with one of the state’s most recent threats—nutria. Nutria are often cited as the most dangerous invasive species in the country due to their intense eating and burrowing habits. They’ve already taken quite the toll on many wetland habitats around the state, and officials are asking nature lovers to keep an eye out for these pesky critters so we can work on saving our landscapes and reducing the nutria population.

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Have you spotted any of these pesky animals lately? It’s hard to believe such a small animal can do so much harm to a habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for this invasive species and be sure to report any sightings to Fish and Game right away.