It was just the other day that we reported on the great exodus from San Francisco by residents who have had it with the high cost of living, an abundance of criminal illegal aliens, vagrants in the streets and most all the totalitarian leftist fanatics that rule Sacramento with an iron fist. The trend is not limited to only the city by the bay as people are fleeing the state in droves for the same reasons.
Now, in what is one of the most deliciously ironic twists of fate ever, the humans are likely going to be quickly replaced by an invasive and ravenous species of giant rodents that already have state wildlife officials on the edge of a state of panic.
Get ready for the invasion of the nutrias!
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Via the Sacramento Bee “Why California is freaking out over this invasive giant swamp rodent”:
A giant invasive swamp rodent known for destroying wetland habitats and damaging levees has invaded the West Coast’s largest estuary that sits on Sacramento’s doorstep.
State biologists report that they’ve found nearly two dozen nutria, a South American aquatic rodent, since March in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The infestation so far is in wetlands in Merced, Stanislaus and Fresno counties.
The fear is that if the voracious, burrowing plant eaters set up a sustaining population it could mean bad news for the fragile Delta ecosystem and its network of levees, which are vital to flood control and delivering water to farms and cities across the southern half of the state. The rodents also can contaminate water supplies with parasites and diseases that humans, livestock and pets can catch.
Bigger than a muskrat and smaller than a beaver, nutria can grow up to 20 pounds – about the size of a small beagle. They’re prolific breeders and can reach breeding age within six months. One female can produce as many three litters in just over a year – roughly 200 offspring.
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Via The San Francisco Chronicle “Invasive 20-pound rodents increasingly burrowing into 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.
When nutria aren’t burrowing, they’re eating. They can consume 25 percent of their body weight each day in vegetation, but they waste and destroy 10 times that.
Since 2017, more than 20 nutria have been spotted in Stanislaus, Merced and Fresno counties. However, that number could explode if they aren’t dealt with quickly. Nutria can give birth to up to 200 offspring each year.
“We have traps out. We’re setting traps. We have trail cameras,” Tira said. “We’re really asking for the public’s help to report sightings so we can get a handle on the extent of the problem.”
Nutria are native to South America, and they were introduced to California in 1899 for their mink-like fur.
Wildlife officials believed they were eradicated from the state in 1978 but now think a colony may have stayed under the radar and only recently reemerged
With the news that many humans are fleeing California and especially San Francisco in droves, it is a bit ironic that they could soon be replaced by the gigantic furry rats.
Hey, at least the Nutria would be demanding free healthcare and other freebies from the state government.