Nutria discovered in Stanislaus County, California

A giant invasive rodent with the ability to destroy roads, levees and wetlands has been discovered in Stanislaus County.

Weighing in at 20 pounds and measuring 2 feet, 6 inches long, plus a 12-inch tail, the nutria live in or near water. They’re also incredibly destructive.

“They burrow in dikes, and levees, and road beds, so they weaken infrastructure, (which is) problematic for flood control systems,” California Fish and Wildlife spokesperson Peter Tira said.


Stanislaus County is where I moved from a couple years ago and it is crisscrossed with levees and dykes for irrigation and especially flood control. This rodent has the potential to flat out fuck shit up there.

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27 Responses to Nutria discovered in Stanislaus County, California

  1. skybill says:

    Hi Kenny,
    Come to S/e.. south Louisiana!! they are all over… I think they make dog food out of em!! And the Japanese make “Sushi!!” out of ’em!!

  2. RonM says:

    Never fear, Governor Moonbeam’s on it. He might even bring his Mediterranean fruit fly team out of retirement and put them on this new menace.

  3. Unclezip says:

    Nasty fuckers, to boot. Quite a few of them in Oregon. Safety tip: if you shoot at one, it had better be a good hit, as he’ll come right back at you.

  4. Peter B says:

    Probably introduced by the state to kill agriculture so the water can be used in LA. Think about what LA did to the Owens Valley.

  5. Rebar says:

    Many Californians are descended from pigs and monkeys. Allowing the little brown Nutria in will bring some fresh blood to the gene pool

  6. SheepDog says:

    B.S. Nutria are common in Western Oregon. Have been as long as I can remember. As a kid, we’d often see them around ponds, rivers, and wet areas. Still do 60 years later. They look just like a Beaver except their tail is round rather than flat, and they eat plants and grasses rather than gnaw at trees. This is the first time I’ve ever heard of them being destructive to ‘infrastructure’. Sounds like another attempt by Californians to create a problem….

    • Wirecutter says:

      Naw, I remember seeing a documentary years and years ago abut how damaging they were to the levees around New Orleans.

      • Peter B says:

        Not so many levees in Oregon. In California, the Central Valley covers over 10% of the state. Large parts of it were malarial swamps until they were drained for farming and they’re only dry now because of levees and pumps.

        Kenny’s right. This could be really bad.

        • Wirecutter says:

          Especially if they migrate north to San Joaquin County where there’s HUGE levees keeping the Delta out of reclaimed land.
          Of course, Stockton would flood and that ain’t necessarily a bad thing.

  7. Daryl says:

    Don’t they eat them in New Orleans?

    • John Deaux says:

      Not in la de da noo la but out here in the country side some of us do. Good clean meat simular to coon.

  8. bogsidebunny says:

    The wet-back Mexicans are training them to burrow under Trump’s impenetrable wall.

  9. noncom says:

    There is a promotion in Louisiana on how to prepare cook Nutria….they figure if they don’t become a popular food source, control will be impossible….they say they taste like chicken….

  10. Winston Smith says:

    Mmmmmmmmmmmm. 20# of fresh meat……… Why the complaining? Just pull out a Louisiana cook book.

  11. Exile1981 says:

    Rodents of Unusual Size?

  12. Derick Geisendorfer says:

    Rodents of unusual size? I don’t believe they exist…

  13. Thomas Doan says:

    Nice pelts…

    • Done in Dallas says:

      Yeah, I helped a buddy run traps before high school back in the 70’s around Reserve and La Place. He was getting $8 a pelt back then.

      • John Deaux says:

        Fur market is way down but the state will pay $5 a tail if you have a trapper’s license

  14. Sanders says:

    Just put the word out that their meat is an aphrodisiac. The Chinese will have them wiped out in a month.

  15. crazyeighter says:

    Protected species in 3… 2… 1…

  16. grayjohn says:

    More undocumented immigrants. Don’t worry, they’ll set up ghettos and start getting benefits soon and won’t bother agriculture. Especially when they discover meth.

  17. mark says:

    striking resemblance to chelsea clinton

  18. TEXASLEGAL says:

    Well you can eat them so maybe they can corner the market on these “rodents” to feed all the illegals? I bet they would make some good tacos…

  19. Elmo says:

    They look like they’d be fun to shoot.

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