The Nutria were introduced to the Louisiana marsh in 1937.
The forests and grasslands of Louisiana had a variety of wildlife like large mammals that were known to Indians and Europeans. Some of the wildlife that were known to them were bear, panther, wolf, bison and deer. Today, smaller forms of wildlife are still common like beavers, turkeys and squirrels. The marshes and other bodies of water attract a wide array of waterfowl. Today, these marshes are home to the popular sport called sport hunting. A long time ago, mink, otter and raccoon were highly valued for their fur. The muskrat, a rodent, always made it’s home in the marshes of Louisiana. The nutria was much larger than the muskrat. The nutria was not very popular with trappers, but it was preferred for food.
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