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Feds Battle Invasive River Rodent In Wicomico County

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WICOMICO CO., Md. - Federal officials are asking the public's help in getting rid of a foreign pest that's apparently been wreaking havoc on our area.

Nutria were first brought to Delmarva more than 60 years ago as part of the fur trade, but the South American rodents have started to destroy wetlands throughout the peninsula.

For the past few years, USDA officials have been working to eradicate the invasive species, and they've found the last stronghold is along the Wicomico river.

"We've only been trapping for about two weeks now since the ice has cleared and we've caught about 70 nutria, out of about 10 percent of the infested wetlands on the Wicomico River," says Stephen Kendrot, a wildlife biologist with the USDA, "nutria are devastating to our local wetlands.  Those wetlands are critical for residents along the Wicomico River they also help moderate the effects of flooding, they help trap sediments in big rain events."

There's a meeting Friday night from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight at Pemberton Park to learn about Nutria, and how folks who live along the river can help officials get rid of the animal.

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