Nutria are also known as the river rats, found mostly is the Mississippi River Delta. Each weighs about ten pounds, is a semiaquatic herbivore and reproduces very rapidly.
To get a sense of their productivity, 20 nutria brought to Louisiana in the 1930s bred an estimated 20 million animals within two decades.
Nutria damage thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana each year and with fewer trappers to help control the population, alternatives are needed to help manage the population.
In come siblings, Veni Harlan and her brother Hansel, who have a new business plan for nutria: protein-rich, allergen-free, locally-sourced, and very eco-conscious dog treats. Their company is called Marsh Dog. On their packages they tout the biscuits and jerky as “good for your dog and great for coastal wetlands.”
So I ask, would you feed it to your best friend.
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