Last week I was nervous about seeing these two nutria being so friendly on the river bank. Mind you, nutria have never done anything personally against me. But I know they can cause erosion problems and we don’t need any of that on the Alsea River!
So, when I saw THIS today I was REALLY disappointed.
Mom took her 5 kids out to play in the river.
But I did learn something about nutria from this website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/nutria.html
Nutria were brought here from southern South America to control unwanted aquatic vegetation. Their average lifespan is 3 years in the wild. A female can get pregnant as early as 3 months and can have almost 3 litters per year. Predators of adult nutria include coyotes, domestic dogs, and humans. Great horned owls, foxes, great blue herons, hawks, eagles, and raccoons prey on the young.