Nutria

Nutria captured by USDA wildlife specialists are housed at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Officials are working to eradicate the invasive, semiaquatic rodents from the Delmarva area by 2015. Nutria are a leading cause of wetland loss, because they uproot aquatic plants.

( Kim Hairston / The Baltimore Sun / October 26, 2011 )

Nutria captured by USDA wildlife specialists are housed at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Officials are working to eradicate the invasive, semiaquatic rodents from the Delmarva area by 2015. Nutria are a leading cause of wetland loss, because they uproot aquatic plants.

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