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Giant rodents are invading California, and wildlife authorities need your help

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The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to eradicate a population of nutria before the South American rodents cause damage to wetlands, agricultural crops, levees, dikes and roadbeds. (Associated Press)

Giant rodents are invading California, and wildlife authorities need your help

Los Angeles Times

Wildlife officials are asking California residents to report any sightings of nutria — an invasive rodent that eats so much aquatic vegetation that it threatens wetlands and marshes. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday it is trying to eradicate the rodents from the state because once established, nutria could cause loss of wetlands, damage to agricultural crops and levees, dikes and roadbeds.