Wetland and Aquatic Research Center


Nutria, also known as coypu, are aquatic rodents native to South America that have now established populations in many states including Louisiana after being introduced for their fur. The invasive omnivore often feeds on aquatic plants and roots, and its destructive feeding and burrowing habits result in overgrazing of wetland habitats.
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Date published: August 30, 2016
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Developing Techniques for Estimating Nutria (Myocastor coypus) Abundance

Nutrias (Myocastor coypus) are an aquatic rodent imported from South America to the United States in the 1920-40’s for the fur farms. Since their original importation they have become established in the wild in many regions of the United States.