RE: NANFA-- roasted louisiana nutria

Denkhaus, Robert (
Thu, 19 Dec 2002 09:30:15 -0600

Six years ago, when I first came to Fort Worth, nutria were common on the
3600+ acre Refuge and alligators were considered to by myths. Today,
alligator sightings are more common than nutria sightings. It's been over a
year since I have even seen a nutria inside the Refuge but I commonly see them
in alligator-less areas near by. Connection?

The differences in the density, diversity and health of the aquatic and
shoreline vegetation since nutria have been reduced is apparent. I would
imagine that there has also been an improvement in water quality as well but
have not specifically looked at this.

Rob Denkhaus
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Christopher Scharpf
> Sent: Wednesday, December 18, 2002 4:36 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: NANFA-- roasted louisiana nutria
> Nutria are decimating the Eastern Shore of Maryland. They're
> so common we
> even got 'em in Baltimore City!
> Chris Scharpf
> Baltimore
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