Mammals - invasive

Nutria (Myocastor coypus) on May 4, 2008

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The Nutria have been there for many years, and love to eat scraps that customers bring out from the restaurants. They are not shy at all. I have not been there recently(the last 4 months) to know if they are still there- but in the past they were always near the door at Shari's.

May 4, 2008, 7:38 p.m.

Thank you for submitting the report. Nutria are known to congregate in areas where they will be fed by humans. It is important for people to realize that nutria are rodents and potential reservoirs for a variety of diseases. The nutria page on the Center for Lakes and Reservoirs website at contains information on nutria diseases. My contact information can also be found on this site if you have questions or would like further information.

Trevor Sheffels,
Center for Lakes and Reservoirs
Portland State University

Trevor Sheffels
May 7, 2008, 12:31 p.m.