During February, rodents made the news in a big way in California. However, these weren’t the familiar rats and mice that plague homeowners. Invasive nutria, native to South America, had been reported in California for the first time since the 1970s.
The impacts of nutria on local ecosystems can be catastrophic. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommends that suspected nutria sightings be reported promptly online or by calling the Invasive Species Hotline at (866) 440-9530. Read more about nutria in California.