Chesapeake Bay almost rid of invasive nutria
When they feed, nutria damage or destroy the root mat that binds the marsh together. When this fibrous root network is lost, marshlands are quickly reduced to unconsolidated mudflats. These areas, in turn, are highly susceptible to erosion and are eventually converted to open water. This downward spiraling not only harms the marsh but the wildlife that depend on them.
In a 2004 economic study commissioned by the Maryland DNR, Southwick Associates reported that, without decisive action, more than 35,000 acres of Chesapeake Bay marshes could be destroyed by nutria in 50 years
Down in the Chesapeake Bay, we’ve made great progress to get rid of the exotic, invasive nutria rodent. So well that we invited our regional agency leadership from Massachusetts down for a tour of Chesapeake Bay marshes and a demonstration of nutria eradication methods…
(read more: USFWS NE Region)
photos by USFWS